Landscape Workdays

In 2017, 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 11th 9am – 12pm Longcommon & Downing – Mulching
April 8th 9am – 12pm Longcommon & Downing – Mulching
April 29th 9am – 12pm Indian Gardens & Patriots Park
May 13th 9am – 12pm Harrington Park – weeding
June 3rd 9am – 12pm Patriots Park – weeding
July 15th 9am – 12pm Swan Pond
July 29th 8am – 11am Swan Pond
August 12th 9am – 12pm Riverside Road – weeding
September 9th 9am – 12pm Riverside Road – planting
September 16th 9am – 12pm Riverside Road – Rain date planting
September 30th 9am – 12pm Indian Gardens – plant 10 trees
October 14th 9am – 12pm Scottswood Commons
October 28th 9am – 12pm Longcommon & Downing Triangle
November 18th 9am – 12pm Big Ball Park – 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