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BURNHAM’S FIELD TO REOPEN SATURDAY WITH BIG EVENT!

Joey,

Big news from the largest playground and green space in central Gloucester: Burnham’s Field is set to reopen this Saturday after its first major renovation in 30 years! All are invited to the Grand Reopening Event this Saturday at 9 a.m.

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Thanks!

John McElhenny

Friends of Burnham’s Field  

Sept. 3, 2014

Burnham’s Field to reopen with a splash

Ribbon-Cutting this Saturday, Sept. 6, at 9 a.m. to show improvements to central Gloucester’s largest green space and playground

(Gloucester, MA)—Mayor Carolyn Kirk and Ward 2 City Councilor Melissa Cox invite Gloucester residents to the reopening of the Burnham’s Field Playground on Saturday Sept. 6, 2014. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. followed by a ceremonial “first splash” at the playground’s new spray fountain

The renovation of Burnham’s Field, the largest green space and playground in central Gloucester, is the first major reconstruction of Burnham’s Field in 30 years. The renovation includes two new playgrounds, swings, a spray pad for kids, resurfaced basketball courts, new trees and benches, and a paved path around the field for walking, jogging or riding. The renovation follows the creation of the Burnham’s Field Community Garden in 2011, part of a five-year effort to turn one of Gloucester’s most heavily used fields and playgrounds into a more beautiful, welcoming place for families, children and neighbors.

Mayor Kirk expressed her appreciation for all the hard work that went in to making this improvement happen. “The reopening of the Burnham’s Field Playground culminates a five-year effort by the City and the neighborhood to create a more family-friendly atmosphere for Burnham’s Field. Families with children will enjoy the expanded playground and new spray fountain. Residents of all ages will enjoy the paved pathways and benches that make the Field accessible to all residents.”

Gloucester’s Community Development Department secured state, federal and City Community Preservation grants to fund the project. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Natural Resource Damage program is providing $195,000 towards the $565,000 project cost. The balance of $370,000 is being funded with Federal Community Development Block Grant funds and City Community Preservation Funds.

John McElhenny, a neighbor of Burnham’s Field, said the renovation showed how Gloucester residents and the City can work together. “The renovation of Burnham’s Field shows that in Gloucester, green spaces matter and getting outside and running and playing matter,” said McElhenny, who noted that the new Friends of Burnham’s Field are welcoming donations of trees, park benches and picnic tables to beautify the field. “This renovation is a wonderful first step in making Burnham’s Field a park that every Gloucester resident can be proud of.”

David W. Cash, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, congratulated the City and neighborhood on the success of the project. “We’re happy that residents of all ages can go out and enjoy the outdoor environment that our agency works so diligently to protect. We’re pleased that Gloucester was able to utilize one-time-only funds from a court-ordered landfill closure project to help clean-up a field that was often overlooked in the past.”

About the City of Gloucester
America’s oldest seaport, the City of Gloucester is known throughout the world as an authentic, working waterfront community, a place of spectacular natural beauty, and home to a diverse population of about 30,000 residents. An important center for the fishing industry, Gloucester also is proud of its rich art heritage as one of the premier art colonies in the United States. The City is a destination for thousands of visitors who visit the harbor and its beaches during the summertime. In recent years, Gloucester has diversified its traditional maritime economy, adding leading small research institutions such as the UMass Amherst Large Pelagics Research Laboratory and the Ocean Alliance to the array of state and federal agencies working in the city, and with investments in robotics and new product development from the fishery.

Contact:         Tom Daniel, Community Development Department Director, 978-281-9781.

                        Stephen Winslow, Sr. Project Manager 978-282-8007

                       

 

Burnham’s Field renovation update July 22, 2014

Why is a grown man sliding down the slide of the new “tot” play structure? It’s project manager Steve Winslow with this week’s video update on the renovation of Burnham’s Field in Gloucester, Mass. Interview by John McElhenny of the Friends of Burnham’s Field. http://www.burnhamsfield.org

Burnham’s Field renovation – VIDEO update

From John McElhenny-

Joey,

Did someone say “the new playground equipment has arrived”? It’s a HUGE week in the renovation of Burnham’s Field in central Gloucester. Here’s your Burnham’s Field renovation video update.

- John McElhenny, Friends of Burnham’s Field www.burnhamsfield.org

Second Community Meeting on Burnham’s Field is this Tuesday

Joey,

Over the last two years, GoodMorningGloucester readers have followed the renovation of Burnham’s Field, the largest open green space in central Gloucester. In fact, many people who’ve read about Burnham’s Field on GMG have volunteered at Burnham’s Field clean-ups and even joined our new community garden. Thanks for all your interest!

The planned renovation of Burnham’s Field continues this Tuesday night with a second public meeting to welcome community input. Back in January, landscape architects from Weston & Sampson and city officials took ideas and comments from a gathering of more than 40 people. Now the community is invited once again to give their ideas and review several concepts for re-shaping Burnham’s Field. Anyone is welcome.

When: Tuesday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: The Hive, 11 Pleasant Street (next to Pleasant Street Tea)

Who: Parents, children, neighbors, athletes, nature-lovers, dog-walkers – anyone interested in Burnham’s Field!

Questions?  Call Stephen Winslow, Gloucester Community Development Department, (978) 282-8007 or e-mail swinslow@gloucester-ma.gov

Thanks,

John McElhenny

#BOOM! Gloucester wins big grant to fix up Burnham’s Field

John McElhenny writes-

Joey,
Thanks to you and Good Morning Gloucester, GMG readers over the past couple years have followed the good things happening at Burnham’s Field including the clean-ups, the newly painted backboards and the new Burnham’s Field Community Garden.  Here is some of the great GMG coverage of Burnham’s Field

Burnhams Field garden sign team

With all of GMG’s support, it’s no surprise that so many people have rallied to make Burnham’s Field, the largest green space in central Gloucester, a more beautiful, family-friendly place. Here’s some breaking news: The City of Gloucester just won a big grant to continue that process and fix up Burnham’s Field even more. It’s great news for the countless kids and families who use Burnham’s Field every day. Open spaces and playgrounds matter!
Readers can read more about this great news here:
http://www.gloucestertimes.com/local/x964641325/City-wins-195-000-to-fix-up-Burnhams-Field
Thanks to you and the GMG community for all you do,
John McElhenny

Burnham’s Field Community Gardeners Hold Fall Clean-Up

Joey,
The Burnham’s Field Community Garden was a hive of activity over the weekend. The gardeners held our fall clean-up, pulling weeds, trimming back overgrown plants and making the place look shipshape. Hard to believe the Garden’s been around two summers now. Thanks to all the gardeners – and our friend Donna Ardizzoni of the One Hour at a Time Gang – for rolling up their sleeves and pitching in. The Garden looks great.
-          John McElhenny

Garden photo - Group shot 9.22.2012
A troop of gardeners spruce up the Burnham’s Field Community Garden.

Garden photo - Barbara Collins 9.22.2012

Barbara Collins clears an aisle of overgrowth next to her garden plot.

Garden photo - Diane Wolff-Thomas 9.22.2012

Diane Wolff-Thomas pulls some wayward strawberry plants that developed happy feet and migrated outside her garden plot.

The Burnham’s Field Community Garden has a New Mural!

John McElhenny submits-

 

Joey,
The Burnham’s Field Community Garden has a beautiful new mural designed and painted by the talented kids at Art Haven in Gloucester.  The mural was framed and put up at the garden over the weekend by volunteers Joe and Paula Axelrod, Aria McElhenny and Rocky Delforge.

The garden’s fence also features new vegetable sculptures that were designed and painted by the Art Haven kids with Rocky Delforge’s guidance. Public art by young local artists has officially arrived in central Gloucester’s largest green space!

The Burnham’s Field Community Garden just opened for its second season, part of a successful effort that is making Burnham’s Field cleaner, safer and more family-friendly. Come visit soon!
John McElhenny

Building the Frame
Building the Frame

Joe Axelrod (left) and Rocky Delforge build the frame for the new mural at the Burnham’s Field Community Garden.

Burnham’s Field garden sign team
Burnhams Field garden sign team

Volunteers Aria and Ruby McElhenny, Rocky Delforge, and Joe and Paula Axelrod stand next to the new mural.

Veggie sculptures on the fence
Veggie sculptures on the fence

Dozens of small sculptures of vegetables and flowers painted by Cape Ann Art Haven kids now decorate the garden’s fence.

Veggie sculpture sign

Veggie sculpture sign
A sign honors the young artists who created the sculptures.

Photos by John McElhenny

2012 Burnham’s Field Community Garden Announcement for GMG

Gina Briguglio writes-

Hello Community Gardeners!
Spring is upon us! March 20th marks the official first day of the 2012 spring season and I am sure you are as excited as I am about our 2nd year out at Burnham’s Field. All this sunshine and 70+ degree weather should have you pondering your planting plan :)
I need to review my notes from the last meeting but I do believe we have one, possibly 2 plots, open in the garden. In fairness to the many folks who are currently interested, we will hold a ‘lottery’ to determine who will be joining our current gardeners. If you or someone you know is interested please email or message me the name and contact details so I can toss any new names into the ‘hat.’ My personal email is ginabeantown@gmail.com. Deadline of April 1st on submissions.
If you haven’t turned in your dues for the new season ($25 per plot) please mail or drop a check by 57 Prospect Street, Apt 2, Gloucester MA 01930. Checks should be made out to "Burnham’s Field Community Garden." If you have submitted a check that has yet to be cashed…I will be opening a BFCG checking account at Cape Ann Savings Bank this week – sorry for the delay.
Thanks so much and looking forward to seeing all of your smiling faces very soon!
Gina Briguglio
2012 Garden Manager
Burnham’s Field Community Garden

For all past GMG Coverage of The Burnham’s Field Community Garden click here

Video The Burnham’s Field Gardener Series Girl Scout Troop 523 From John McElhenny

Burnham’s Field is the largest green space in central Gloucester. Recently there’s been a resurgence of pride in Burnham’s Field, including a new 20-plot garden. GoodMorningGloucester is now running a series of video profiles of the Burnham’s Field Community Gardeners. Here are their stories.

 By John McElhenny

Burnham’s Field Gardeners – Girl Scout Troop 523 in Gloucester

Members of Girl Scout Troop 523 in Gloucester (left to right) Courtney Ashwell (16), Kelly Biondo (14), Emma Thomas (15) and Sage Frankenstein (15) show how to add personality to a garden plot. (Hint: it involves several cans of brightly colored paint.) The girls, along with Troop Leader Diane Wolff-Thomas and fellow Scouts Emily Moore and Jessi Silva, are learning about gardening firsthand with their own garden plot.

 

Burnham’s Field Gardener – Barb Collins

Burnham’s Field is the largest green space in central Gloucester. Recently there’s been a resurgence of pride in Burnham’s Field, including a new 20-plot garden. GoodMorningGloucester is now running a series of video profiles of the Burnham’s Field Community Gardeners. Here are their stories.

By John McElhenny

Burnham’s Field Gardener – Barb Collins

Barb Collins, who grew up on a farm in Excelsior, Minnesota, describes what she’ll grow in her Burnham’s Field garden and why she’s excited about it. This video was shot a few weeks back when the garden was first created. The plants are about 100 times bigger now than they were then!

Burnham’s Field Gardener – Mary Kay Filos From John McElhenny

The Burnham’s Field Gardener Series

Burnham’s Field is the largest green space in central Gloucester. Recently there’s been a resurgence of pride in Burnham’s Field, including a new 20-plot garden. In some ways, the Burnham’s Field Community Garden represents what’s best about Gloucester: a close-knit, hard-working community that cares for its neighbors. GoodMorningGloucester is now running a series of video profiles of the Burnham’s Field Community Gardeners. Here are their stories.

 By John McElhenny

 Burnham’s Field Gardener – Mary Kay Filos

 Mary Kay Filos explains why she joined the Burnham’s Field Community Garden and reveals her secret for how to create a lush, beautiful flower garden in just a few days.

Community Garden Launched at Burnham’s Field Photos and Captions By John McElhenny

John McElhenny writes-

Joey,

The Burnham’s Field Community Garden has been officially launched! On Saturday, 25 volunteers laid down geotextile landscaping fabric, built 4’ x 8’ garden boxes, filled wheelbarrows full of compost and raked fine-looking garden plots that’d make a Midwestern farmer proud. Twenty individual garden plots are planned, along with a low fence to protect the garden from critters. Thanks go out to the volunteer gardeners for their energy and awesomeness, the Building Center for donating materials, J. Harrison of The Food Project for his direction, Steve Winslow and the City’s Community Development Department for their support, and Donna Ardizzoni and the One Hour at a Time Gang for sprucing up Burnham’s Field on Saturday morning before the gardeners arrived.

John McElhenny, Allen Street

Gloucester

A truck dumps steaming compost for the community garden at Burnham’s Field. It took 25 volunteers about 2 ½ hours to shovel the compost into 4 x 8’ frames for individual garden plots. Twenty plots are planned.

Community garden - compost

Becky Thompson spreads compost in one of the 4 x 8-foot boxes specially built for the Burnham’s Field community garden. Thompson, who lives right by the field, is one of several Gorton’s employees who’ve volunteered to work in the garden.

Garden - Becky Thompson

Gardeners Barb Collins (left) and Marie Rodriguez fill a wheelbarrow with compost. Rodriguez is part of a group of teachers from St. Ann School who plan to use their garden plot to teach children about growing fresh flowers and vegetables.

Community garden - Barb Collins and Marie Rodriguez

Tim Burnham from the Building Center delivers wood to the garden site. The Building Center generously donated materials for the construction of the community garden.

Community garden - Tim Burnham

Gardener Gina Curcuru spreads compost onto the geotextile fabric beneath the garden. Curcuru is one of the many gardeners who live close to Burnham’s Field and can walk to their plots.

Community garden - Gina Curcuru

Thanks John for getting us the pictures and the rest of the volunteers and folks who donated time, money and energy to make it happen!  You all should be very proud!

The Latest On Burnhams Field From John McElhenny

@JMcElhenny: #GloucesterMA: Want the latest on the Burnham’s Field renovation? Here’s your #Video update:

Published on May 28, 2014
Steve Winslow of Gloucester’s Community Development Department gives an update on the renovation of Burnham’s Field. May 27, 2014. Interview by John McElhenny of the Friends of Burnham’s Field.

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