Just 6 days and 25 degrees more warmth have elapsed since the last post! This time, the air around Ned Wolf Park is full of sinus clogging particles. They come from both Mother Nature as well as the steady progress of our contractors from Morning Dew Stonework as they continue with our Terrace Wall Project. The cherry trees have burst into bloom as have the Pushkinia bulbs and Euphorbia myrsinites. And as the perennials begin to emerge from their cover of mulch, so too our stone seating wall made of Wissahickon schist has risen around our central terrace. Fran and Brandon have used this windy day to take a break from stacking the stone and starting the messy work of sawing through the reclaimed bluestone that will serve as a seating cap on top of the new walls. They’ll be shaping the pieces and getting them ready for the additional laborers that will be needed to hoist those mammoth cap stones into place.
Caution tape to safeguard the plants, and string lines to define the finished height of the wall help guide our team to a wall which should serve our community well. And after the steady rains forecast for tomorrow, perhaps we’ll see a bit more of that schist sparkling, once all the stone dust has washed away. Along the sloping walkway down to McCallum street & wrapping along the sidewalk, the Friends of Ned Wolf Park will be inserting some plants into the wall as it’s being constructed. That’s the best way to ensure that the roots will have a pathway into the soil behind the wall.
The bluestone cap stones, perhaps originally quarried in the 19th C., are being trimmed with a carbide blade circular saw, kicking up quite a dust storm. Sorry to those neighbors who are listening to that noise, but I’m sure it will all be worth it. These cap stones will surround the central terrace and create a new seating area. And the trimmings will be incorporated into the brick design that includes our generous donors’ engraved bricks.
What’s the mantra?
“Build it & they will come!”
We’re hoping the creation of a smooth bluestone seating surface on the low stone wall in our park’s central terrace will help more small groups come to think of Ned Wolf Park as the best outdoor meeting place in Northwest Philadelphia!
Less than one week into the Terrace Wall Project and the demolition of railroad ties and trimming of the concrete paving is complete. Today, Fran (with a baseball cap) and Brendan (with a knit cap) from Morningdew Stonework & Landscaping were wading in a sea of stones to find the right shape and sizes pieces to lay the base course of the dry laid wall. They are both very excited to be getting into the artisan work of interlocking stones to create a strong, stable, and handsome wall. The result should be subtle but sumptuous. Feel free to give them a shout out for their efforts if you pass by while they’re hard at work!
Behold the ‘Yellow Mammoth’ Crocus that are blooming furiously at Ned Wolf Park as construction begins for the Terrace Wall Project. Although still shy of our fund-raising goal for this project, we’ve found a way to forge ahead so the new construction is completed in April 2014. The Fairmount Park Conservancy’s $10K Physical Improvements Grant moved us closer to the finish line, but we need to raise $2,000 with help from our friends and neighbors.
Here are Morning Dew Stonework & Landscaping owner, Fran Hammond, and his assistant Brendan beginning demolition of the old creosoted railroad ties. For the next three weeks, the terrace area and walkway from McCallum Street will be closed to visitors so the work may proceed. Orange hazard fencing will define the construction work zone, but you can still visit the park and sit on the benches and enjoy the spring plantings as they slowly emerge from a severe winter slumber.
Above is the plan showing Phase II of the Terrace Wall Project, now underway. An additional sum of $7K is needed for Phase III which will remove the last of the hazardous creosoted timbers from the Park which serve to edge all the planting beds along the concrete sidewalks. We hope that our generous neighbors, inspired by the new stonework and the soon-to-be-installed custom engraved donor bricks, will continue to make donations and purchase the rich red bricks for the rejuvenated Terrace insert shown below. Each can be inscribed with up to three lines of text to commemorate or thank a friend or loved one, or just to signal your support of this park and its handsome gardens.
These donations will make it possible for the Friends of Ned Wolf Park to work with the Parks & Recreation Department to complete the Project. Your gift in any amount can be made directly via this website by clicking the donate button in the column at the right of this page. Custom engraved bricks can be still purchased for a $100. donation.
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