The members of the Dorchester Park Association have taken the initiative to bring goats into the Park to help control the invasive weed species that are threatening to take over this historic landscape. Designed in the late 1800’s by Frederick Law Olmsted, the Park provides the people of Dorchester with exactly what Olmsted intended. A beautiful wooded forest area to retreat to in the midst of a busy urban area. Dorchester Park is well loved and well used by its neighbors .The parks 26 acres of beech and oak forest are are home to walking trails and playgrounds, ball fields and tennis courts. People and their dogs, parents and children, runners and ball teams all enjoy the benefits of this beautiful place. Invasive species such as knotweed, bittersweet, catbriar, and poison ivy are taking over the landscape. Boston Parks and Recreation does their part in caring for and mowing, plowing, maintains athletic fields etc… but there are lots of other properties for them to care for too.The Dorchester Park Association picks up where Parks leave off by planning fun community events and helping to initiate cleanups and planting , Easter Egg Hunts and Car Shows…. The Park Association members , regular people like you and I (and we invite you to join!) , see a need to control the invasive species in a safe and natural, low impact manner. Goats love to eat weeds!!! Goats don’t suffer from poison ivy! Goats work at eating weeds all day without complaining! We would like to get the goats into the park on a regular basis for 6-8 weeks at a time on a regular yearly schedule. Returning season after season can eliminate some of the under growth that’s taken decades to accumulate. Renting goats is somewhat affordable and cost effective but we need your help to keep them coming back to be really effective. $ 400 pays for one herd for one week. $100 pays for one goat for one week. $15 pays for one goat for a day. Any amount is appreciated!! Any monies collected above our goal of $10,000 will be put towards our water restoration and tree planting initiatives. We thank you in advance for your support! Let’s make a difference together and keep this special place beautiful and growing! A quote from Lisa “Please spread the word about the go fund me campaign and let’s make us a model for other community based city park projects” Here is a link to the go fund me page, any amount no matter how small is appreciated
UPDATE as of 10/7/2018 The following article from The Dorchester Reporter
KIDS MENU: What if the Dot Park goats could stay for a while longer?
Have you taken your families to Dot Park to meet the Goats-In-Residence yet? If not, you should! These hungry beasts are busy munching on excess vegetation like poison ivy and other invasive plant species. They’re cute, too.
In an effort to make these cloven-hooved guests a more permanent presence (they are supposed to end their residency on Oct. 15) the Dorchester Park Association is accepting donations to assist with costs. Go to gofundme.com/5yOmz08. Any little bit will help, though if everyone donated just $10 that would guarantee the goats would have a home with us for a few years.
The association has also commissioned beloved artist Janet Harrold (of trolley-painting fame) to create goat-themed Christmas ornaments that will go on sale at Cedar Grove Gardens this month. Ornaments will retail for $9.95 each and proceeds will go directly to the goats! Stop by Dot Park or Cedar Grove Gardens (911 Adams St.) for more info.
The goats have done an amazing job at snacking away at invasive plants and clearing away brambles and poison ivy, all while keeping children and adults entertained.
Classic Car Show returns to Dot Park
On Sunday, Sept. 9 from 10-2 antique vehicles will sparkle like gems in historic Dorchester Park for the Sixth Annual Classic Car Show. On display will be cars and trucks many visitors will remember from their youth and some that were in use early in the last century.
The sound of classic hit tunes will add atmosphere to the display of beautifully restored vehicles and a food truck will provide refreshments. Visitors can also tour the park in a horse and wagon and students from the Boston School of Music will perform contemporary and classical music. Bean bag and other games will be available for families and giant bubbles will float in the air to delight children.
Owners can register their classic cars when entering the park. The event is free for everyone.
With the towering trees, hills and outcroppings of Dorchester Puddingstone, Dorchester Park provides a view of Dorchester’s terrain before cars were invented. Designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, creator of Boston’s Emerald Necklace and New York’s Central Park, Dorchester Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The car show is sponsored by the Dorchester Park Association (DPA), a volunteer organization responsible for organizing the Spring Egg Hunt and other events at the park and assisting the park department with the removal of litter and leaves. This year the DPA also secured four goats with big appetites to reduce poison ivy and invasive growth at the park.
For more information about the car show or the DPA, see www.dotpark.org or Dorchester Park in Massachusetts on Facebook
Meetings will be held the first Monday of the month from 6:00-7:00p.m. at the Lower Mills Branch of the Boston Public Library Hope to see you all at the next one on May 7th.
Area residents will be raking leaves out of the tennis courts and removing litter from the search area at Dorchester Park on Saturday, March 24 from 8-11 a.m. in preparation for the park’s Spring Egg Hunt the following Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m. sharp. Any voluntary help would be greatly appreciated to help to speed up the cleanup..
Anyone willing to help with the cleanup should meet at the tennis courts anytime after 8 a.m. The more the merrier.
Spring egg hunters should arrive before 10 a.m.the following Saturday because the children find most of the eggs very quickly. RTN Federal Credit Union staff will provide photos with the Easter Bunny. Both events are sponsored by the Dorchester Park Association.
A meeting to plan the 2018 Dorchester Park Season will be held Thursday, March 8 from 6 – 7:30 p.m..at Boston Public Library’s Lower Mills branch, 27 Richmond Street in Dorchester.
Scheduled park events include a park cleanup on Saturday, March 24, the Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 and the Classic Car Show on Sunday, Sept. 9.
The public is invited to participate and propose additional park celebrations.
Additional information is available on Facebook: Dorchester Park Boston.
The classic car show will take place on the lower field along Adams Street from 10 AM until 4 PM. Free registration for the car show opens at 8 AM, and awards will be presented shortly after 2 PM. Refreshments by ester Lower Mills Dining and Richie’s slushie will be available for purchase around noon. Families are also welcome to bring their own picnic food.
Parking is available on local streets as well as in the back lot of the Carney Hospital on Dorchester Avenue, where there is also an entrance directly into the back of the park. No parking is available in the park except for display vehicles.
Admission and participation is free.
Dorchester Park’s Adams Street entrance is easily reached from Route 93 as well as from the Red Line’s Mattapan Trolley stations at Butler Street or Cedar Grove.
Exit 11 from 93 N and Exit 11-B from 93 S both end on Granite Avenue heading towards Ashmont. Take a left at the second light onto Milton Street and then the first left onto Adams Street. The Adams Street entrance to the park is about 0.3 miles from Milton Street, across from Cedar Grove Cemetery and close to Irena Road.
Note that there are 2 main entrances into Dorchester Park. The official address is 2174 Dorchester Avenue, but the Adams Street entrance is used for the day’s events. This entrance is about halfway between the Butler Street and Cedar Grove Stations of the Red Line. Maps at both of these T stations show Dorchester Park.
Boston Park Advocates invites supporters of Boston open spaces to gather to network and learn about best practices from peers around the city. Come hone your skills as an effective open space champion.
Saturday March 11 (We encourage you to sign up by March 3rd)
8:30am-1pm, followed by an optional bring-your-own lunch portion from 1-1:30pm.
Breakfast will be provided.
Location: Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston Street, Boston.
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All levels of advocacy experience are welcome. Teens through seniors are encouraged to attend. This training is free, with an optional suggested donation of $10, payable at the door. Our goal is to have representation from every neighborhood of Boston.Here’s what the Advocacy Bootcamp will include:
- The In’s and Out’s of the Boston Parks & Recreation Department
- Evolution from outsider advocates to insider partners
- Break-out sessions on the following:
- How to engage the community in park stewardship
- How to fund park improvements
- How to prioritize and advocate for park needs
- Best practices for DCR state park friends groups
- An opportunity for everyone to contribute to crafting a list of open space projects to be considered for Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds.*
- Tips on state level legislative advocacy and building relationships with elected officials (during optional lunch-time portion)
A detailed schedule will be sent to registrants.