Turning dunes of debris into marvelous mounds on Whitelock St

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Cleaning debris out of the newly formed berms on Whitelock St. (10/6/12)

Whitelock St. has been anything but quiet the last few months. And I'm not just talking about the youth steel drum band performance at the Whitelock Harvest Festival earlier this month. Thanks to a mini-excavator machine, two Bobcact diggers, and dozens of volunteers, we've been separating concrete, brick, and assorted Whitelock demolition debris from usable soil and salvaged granite.

When we last left you, were picking granite out of the dunes:

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Volunteer work day (7/28/12)

Since then, we're still picking granite: 

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Volunteer work day (8/13/12)

But we've also got some helpers with bigger hands:

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Volunteer bobcat operators sift a pale full of dirt and debris (10/5/12)

In the coming weeks, we hope to accomplish three objectives: incorporate the majority of excavated debris into functional berms; grade the site for an overall gentle slope; and, begin planting specific areas with trees, shrubs, and plants.

As we progress into the next phase of the project, we will lay pathways and begin to install more park features, including shaded seating areas. Since the "South Lots" project began in summer 2010, volunteers have contributed over 1,000 hours toward the design and execution of this project.

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Neighbors join Civic Works Day of Service volunteers to weed tree wells and sweep the sidewalk (10/6/12)

As a quick reminder, here is how the NW corner of the South Whitelock lots has changed so far:

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(7/21/10)

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(6/4/12)

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(10/5/12)