Landscape Workdays 2023

For 2023, 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. 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.


March 25th 9am – 12pm Harrington Park
April 15th 9am – 12pm RBHS Community Day-Locations TBD
April 29th 9am – 12pm Longcommon & Downing Triangle-Arbor Day Celebration
May 13th 9am – 12pm Scottswood Common
June 3rd 9am – 12pm Indian Gardens
June 17th 9am – 12pm Longcommon Common
July 8th 9am – 12pm Scottswood Common
July 29th 9am – 12pm Bourbon Springs
August 19th 9am – 12pm Akenside & Longcommon Triangle-Partner with LAC
September 9th 9am – 12pm Patriots Park
September 30th 9am – 12pm Indian Gardens Planting Native Species
October 7th 9am – 12pm Longcommon-Planting Native Species
November 4th 9am – 12pm Riverside Road-Collecting Seeds

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