October: Lay out : Clean up : Lay out : Clean up / by Ben Sloan

The baddest landscape volunteers you've ever seen.

The baddest landscape volunteers you've ever seen.

September was crazy, and October is no different..I know everyone says that always, but I can say it too.. The school year has started, and I have taken on a job as the pre orchestra/buckets teacher, and site coordinator at MYCincinnati. In between teaching, playing shows, and writing music, I'm also chipping away at the park. 

The main priority as of late has been preparing the park itself, before winter sets in, and the cold prevents landscaping progress. The goal was to clean the park, plant as much as possible, dig the foundation for the instruments, mulch, and lay wood chips for the path to the foundation. But, what seemed like too much, proved to be very manageable with an amazing crew of volunteers from  United Way, and dedicated staff members Ryan Geismar (Human Nature), Marissa Reed (Keep Cincinnati Beautiful), and Sam McKinley (Price Hill Will). On Saturday morning October 8th, a group of about 12 met at Warsaw and McPherson, and knocked out all of the work in just a few hours. Only a few days prior I had laid out the foundation, and the pathway, which was then dug by David Rich of Building Value

The park is looking beautiful and truly beginning to take shape. Next up is the actual concrete pouring of the foundation where the instruments will live!