On Sunday evening, September 20th, the Irwin Park Committee hosted a reception for Friends of Irwin Park. We wanted to thank the donors who contributed to the completion of the Flexi-Pave loop at Irwin Park.
On two consecutive Saturdays, September 19th and 26th, a group of energetic NCGC members cut down several patches of Japanese knotweed, opposite the goat pen in Irwin Park. Armed with clippers, horticultural vinegar and black coffee, they cut and bagged the branches, and then poured vinegar and coffee in the hollow stalks. Hopefully, this will weaken the roots of the invasive knotweed plants at the time when they are the weakest (producing seeds). This action is part of a 3-year project to find the safest way to eradicate invasives from Irwin Park and encourage more native pollinators to return.
We have raised enough money to complete the Flexi-pave loop at Irwin Park. Installation of the original one mile path was in Spring 2014. Construction should begin next week (weather permitting). Please stop by Irwin Park in mid-November and take a walk around the entire park. We purchased 4,000 daffodil bulbs which will be planted after the trail is finished. It should be a beautiful Spring at Irwin Park.