Landscape Workdays

In 2018, 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.

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 17th 9am – 12pm Harrington Park – Weeding
April 28th 9am – 12pm Indian Gardens & Patriots Park
May 12th 9am – 12pm Riverside Road – weeding
June 16th 9am – 12pm Big Ball Park – mulching
June 30th 9am – 12pm Big Ball Park – mulching
July 14th 9am – 12pm Patriots Park – weeding
August 1th 9am – 12pm Scottswood Commons – weeding
September 8th 9am – 12pm Riverside Road – planting
September 15th 9am – 12pm Riverside Road – Rain date planting
October 13th 9am – 12pm Riverside Road – seed collecting
November 3rd 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