Why is regular membership and annual giving so important for the Friends of Pastorius Park? Because reliable funding enables our organization to budget and schedule work every year to maintain the health of the park’s trees and water system, as well as its assets, such as masonry, the warming hut, benches, and landscape.
Each year FoPP spends $5,000 to treat Pastorius’ hemlock trees against the destructive Woolly Adelgid insect. In May 2016, we installed a new well pump to introduce fresh ground water into the pond during periods of drought and extreme heat (cost: $3,000). Last October FoPP spent $5,000 to have the moat cleaned to temporarily accept wildlife, while PPR cleaned the pond. Most recently, in Spring 2017, FoPP installed $10,000 worth of aeration fountains in the cleaned pond to increase water movement, and thereby prevent formation of mosquito larvae.
In the near future, FoPP plans to work on erosion and run-off problems at the park (particularly at the W. Hartwell/Roanoke end of the park). This work will require coordination with various City departments, but will also depend greatly upon generous private donations from the community to fund our advocacy and expenditures to correct and heal park landscape problems.
Another looming project for the Friends is consideration of the 2011 University of Pennsylvania health assessment and inventory of Pastorius Park’s trees. FoPP funded this study ($5,550), which also includes a tree management plan and recommendations
for future tree planting and tree maintenance at the park.
2021 Restoration Project
For the sake of the park’s future, while also preserving its original Olmsted-inspired design and intent as a passive green space, now is the time to begin a thorough restoration of Pastorius to prepare the park for the next generation. This means planting a diverse selection of new trees, flowering, deciduous, evergreens, and shrubs beneficial to birds and other wildlife.