Landscape Workdays

In 2019, we are teaming up with the Village of Riverside to help beautify our green spaces.

The parks along Riverside Road & around Indian Gardens follow the meandering Des Plaines River. Scottswood Common & Longcommon Common, including Big Ball Parks serves as the backbone of Riverside’s landscape architecture. Both were intended to be part of a green space stretching all the way to downtown Chicago. The triangle at Longcommon & Downing is one of the largest and most visible triangles in Riverside. Harrington Park, along Harlem Avenue, is the most recent green space to be designated as a Public Park. Patriots Park, along 26th Street, is the newest playground constructed.

Frederick Law Olmsted designed the parks in Riverside to provide changing vistas for both pedestrians & vehicles. His plan can be better realized by reducing shrub overgrowth, eliminating weeds & opening up the river view. Join us as we tame, and then maintain your public parks of Riverside.

All workdays are scheduled for Saturdays from 9am-12pm. Look for the Riverside Public Works dump truck. Come for an hour or three, whatever your schedule allows. Supervised children are welcome. Service hour credits are available. Bring your favorite work gloves & a water bottle. All other supplies & snacks will be provided.


April 13th 9am – 12pm Harrington Park – Weeding
April 27th 9am – 12pm Longcommon & Kent Triangle
May 4th 9am – 12pm Indian Gardens & Patriots Park
June 1st 9am – 12pm Big Ball Park – mulching
June 22nd 9am – 12pm Big Ball Park – mulching
July 27th 9am – 12pm Riverside Road – weeking
August 24th 9am – 12pm Scottswood Commons – weeding
September 7th 9am – 12pm Patriots Park – weeding
September 21st 9am – 12pm Riverside Road – weeding
October 5th 9am – 12pm Riverside Road – planting
October 12th 9am – 12pm Riverside Road – seed collecting
October 26th 9am – 12pm Longcommon & Downing – Mulching

For more information or to be added to our FLOS landscape committee e-list, please contact
Holly Machina or Cindy Kellogg, Olmsted Society Landscape Committee Chairpersons:


Mike Collins, Riverside Forester or 442-3590 ext. 502