Landscape Workdays

In 2016, we are teaming up with the Village of Riverside to help beautify our green spaces.

The parks along Riverside Road, in Swan Pond & around the Scout Cabin area follow the meandering Des Plaines River. Scottswood Common & Longcommon Common 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.

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.


March 19th 9am – 12pm Swan Pond
April 23rd 9am – 12pm Scout Cabin
May 7th 9am – 12pm Longcommon planting
June 4th 9am – 12pm Longcommon near Turtle Park
June 18th 9am – 12pm Swan Pond
July 16th 9am – 12pm Scottswood Commons
July 30th 9am – 12pm Longcommon and Downing Triangle
August 13th 8am – 11am Riverside Road
August 27th 9am – 12pm Longcommon and Downing Triangle
September 10th 9am – 12pm Riverside Road – planting
September 17th 9am – 12pm Riverside Road – planting
October 22nd 9am – 12pm Riverside Road – seed collection
November 5th 9am – 12pm Scottswood Commons

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