Burnside Fountain updates

You may be wondering why we haven’t announced any spring planting sessions for TBUG.

Due to construction at that end of the Common this spring and summer, we will not be able to plant, weed, and water at Turtle Boy.

Once construction is done, we will be back to urban gardening, with a larger area for planting and a drip system to water the plants.

Here are some of the highlights of what will be happening over the coming months:

Gulf War Memorial. The city will try to make available an area of about a foot (perhaps more) in front of the memorial so that we can do better planting.

Turtle Boy itself.  The monument will not be moving, but it will be surrounded by a much larger oval, with more space in back (towards the Common) than in front.

Size of the oval:
from edge to edge = 45 feet (long part of oval)
from front to back = slightly over 25 (short part of oval)

Curbing around the oval: There will be a 6″ reveal (not quite a curb) at the front of the monument; lower in the back.  This should be good for providing a little more of a “step up” that will help plows avoid the planting area in the winter.

LIGHTS!  There will be two lights in the front of the monument for lighting it at night.

Water.  There will be a 1″ copper line from the road, and a drip system for the plantings.  There will be opportunity for water/filtration if there’s ever money for re-plumbing the fountain.

Image: Turtle Boy Weeding Party 2010, a Creative Common Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic licensed image from Claudia Snell’s photostream.

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