Digging up asphalt along the perimeter of the South Whitelock lots (9/5/11)
As we continue converting the vacant lots along the south side of the 900 block of Whitelock St. into a community space for neighborhood events both large and small, we've come across an obstacle that no pick or shovel could solve: a layer of asphalt that does not allow rain to properly drain or grass to grow.
View from Brookfield Ave. of the south side of the 900 block of Whitelock St. (7/21/10)
So we recruited an All-Star team of neighborhood volunteers to use a Bobcat digger to remove the asphalt, one summer weekend at a time. While some had previous experience, most learned how to cut, swivel, and push while in the comfortable confines of the Bobcat cockpit seat. Though we still need to haul away all the debris, we've removed a huge amount of impermeable surface.
Here you can see the size of our project:
Overhead view of the south Whitelock lots (7/9/11)
The mounds of debris removed:
And a vision of what an eventual site layout could be:
Potential site plan sketch (8/15/11)
And now, from Reservoir Hill, your home team Bobcat All-Stars:
From Newington Avenue--Everton!
From Linden Avenue-- Remington!
From Eutaw Place--Babatunde!
He's not a Reservoir Hill resident (yet), but thanks Sylvester!
From Eutaw Place (working on the north side of Whitelock St.)--Doron!
From Reservoir Street--Randy!
And the captain, from Linden Avenue--Cathy!