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Is there a Chimborazo Park citizen group, like the Jefferson Park group?
***queue up discussion of using Agent Orange to kill weeds in a space where the city will never mow, and weeds will grow again.
Let’s plant a food forest in Chimbo!
At least it’s leafy and green….
Last summer there was talk of Friends of the park plus others from the neighborhood having a work day here; is that materializing?
@Chris – I’m all for anything that is intentional and sustainable and give back at least some of the view
I hate tree of heaven groves… that view should always be clear! When you look at old pictures in the city, nothing was overgrown. How did they do it and we fail?
Yep, and the reality is that *something* will grow there. The ailanthus needs to be removed the hard way with chainsaws, then the area needs to be sheet mulched and planted with shrubs or dwarf trees that will preserve the viewshed.
I see there’s a Facebook page for the FOTP:
I’ll bet the tree stewards would come up with the trees (“a shrubbery!!!”). I would be down for a Chimbo work party with my chainsaw.
This was taken April 2013. The current state is terrible!
Beautiful picture Abaigh!! The picture I’m attaching was taken a very long time ago. No matter if it was 2013 or circa 1913, we always seemed to be able to take care of our parks until recently. It’s very sad and frustrating. There is a Friends of Chimborazo Park group, of which I am supposed to be Vice President, but it’s totally ineffective. Supposed big shots who are going to handle things, so stand back you nobodies, but nothing ever gets done. I HATE those damn ghetto trees but admit the removal process is slightly complicated and it would make… Read more »
I seriously hope that no chemicals are used to remove those- lower Chimbo has some pretty awesome wetland spots with a good half-dozen frog species. Would have to see those wiped out as a result of indiscriminate spraying.
Wow, I didn’t know it was this bad.
I’m still up for removal at any point. It’s a lot of trees, but with a good group of people, it’s doable.
@9 I wonder if it’s not as complicated as people think. Last year there was a guy who went out and cut down a few and people said that they would grow back if he didn’t instantly do this that or the other. He didn’t do any of that, yet the trees are still gone from that spot.
To Brian and all, as Richmond Tree Steward who has been working to remove this and other invasives from Belle Isle for the past two years, it actually is more complicated than you think. Over the years, well meaning volunteer groups have cut down the ailanthus trees in Chimborazo Park only to have them come back with a vengeance, leading to the current situation. Chimborazo Park deserves to be maintained better than it has been. Please share your concerns with Mayor Stoney, Cynthia Newbille, City Parks, and the Dept of Urban Forestry. If enough of us complain perhaps we will… Read more »
BACK IN THE 70’S THE CHIMBO HILL WAS SMOOTH ENOUGH THAT WE USE TO SLIDE DOWN THE HILL ON CARDBOARD BOXES.COURSE WE USE TO DRINK FREELY FROM THE ARTESIAN WATER SPRING NEAR THE DOG PARK AS WELL. I UNDERSTAND THAT WATER IS STILL PRESUMABLY SAFE BUT THE CITY DOESN’T TEST IT, SO THEY PUT UP SIGNS.
Chemicals? Frog species? What happened to salt? That would be safe, right?
#13 where is that spot? It is my understanding that if you cut one down, you also have to apply herbicide (Roundup,or other similar stuff) to keep anything from coming back. Perhaps he did that?
@CRD – at one of the memorial stones, I forget which. Rick Tatnall cut a portal last August that is still there (https://chpn.net/2016/08/13/love-the-view-from-chimborazo-park-this-time-of-year/)
2006 no weed trees
View to the east lost to the weed trees
Back to chemicals… anyone notice VDOT sprayed the sides of 295 and 64 last year? By the end of the summer, plants had died or half died. It looked crazy. Maybe we need that?
Trish Bernal is absolutely correct! The removal process is complicated according to the Tree Stewards.
Chemicals are a great idea!!!! what could go wrong? nothing at all? heck, kids, dogs, other plants, other species, who needs them on this planet? lets get our view back as quickly as possible!!!! let’s blast this park with all the poison we can get our hands on – great idea!!!!! seriously wtf?
Word on the street is that there is a “special meeting” coming early this June with DPW and a leadership from a handful of East End civic associations. They are being asked to prioritize projects in our neighborhoods for DPW.
Will they to get more details about this upcoming meeting and post em so folks can lobby for the Chimborazo Park hillside to be handled responsibly. Hopefully, we can breakdown the firewall between DPW and Parks/Rec and make something happen.
If Kim Gray and Mike Jones on city council have their way on the City’s budget, don’t expect anything to happen in this park or any other. Seriously. Don’t call Cynthia Newbille, call them.