Landscape Workdays

For 2021, we are teaming up with the Village of Riverside to help beautify our green spaces. Due to the pandemic, you must register in advance to participate in a workday. The number of participants may be limited and anyone who did not register in advance may not participate.

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. It is complemented by the nearby triangle at Longcommon & Kent with it’s majestic Oak trees. 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. Bring your own work gloves & a water bottle. All other landscaping tools & supplies will be provided. You will be informed of specific health and safety requirements and limitations when you make advanced reservations to participate.


April 10th 9am – 12pm Harrington Park
May 1st 9am – 12pm Riverside Road
May 15th 9am – 12pm Indian Gardens
June 5th 9am – 12pm Indian Gardens
July 10th 9am – 12pm Patriots Park
July 31st 9am – 12pm Scottswood Common
August 28th 9am – 12pm Scottswood Commons TBD
September 18th 9am – 12pm Indian Gardens TBD
October 16th 9am – 12pm Longcommon TBD
October 23rd 9am – 12pm Riverside Road – Seed Collecting
November 13th 9am – 12pm Longcommon & Downing Triangle

To make advanced reservations or to be added to our FLOS landscape committee e-list, please contact
Holly Machina or Cindy Kellogg, Olmsted Society Landscape Committee Chairpersons:
gro.yteicosdetsmlonull@syadkrow or 447-0226 or &

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