Landscape Workdays 2024

In 2024, 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 Park, 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 & most visible triangles in Riverside. It is complemented by the nearby triangle at Longcommon & Kent with its’ 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. 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 16th 9am – 12pm Indian Gardens
April 13th 9am – 12pm RBHS Community Day-Indian Gardens/Patriots Park
April 27th 9am – 12pm Scottswood Common-Arbor Day Celebration
May 18th 9am – 12pm Longcommon-Honoring Carolyn Huson
June 1st 9am – 12pm Big Ball Park
June 29th 9am – 12pm Big Ball Park
July 20th 9am – 12pm Longcommon & Downing
August 17th 9am – 12pm Akenside & Longcommon Triangle-Partner with LAC
September 14th 9am – 12pm Patriot’s Park
October 5th 9am – 12pm Indian Gardens
October 19th 9am – 12pm Riverside Road
November 9th 9am – 12pm Harrington Park

We will be planting 34 White Oak trees in the spring and 53 White Oak trees in the fall in Riverside’s public spaces.

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