Egleston Square Shines Even During the Rain Thanks to Volunteers and Residents

Over a dozen tried and true community volunteers came out in the damp to plant flower beds, dig holes for shrubs at the “Stonehenge” sitting park at Washington and Atherton streets, and to clean up the Peace Park at School and Washington streets on Saturday during the annual Boston Shines in Egleston Square.

Organized by Egleston Square Main Streets (ESMS) led by Luis Cotto, the planting at “Stonehenge” was funded by a $2,500 Love Your Block grant awarded to ESMS in January.

Around 80 plants and shrubs were delivered by ESMS volunteers in the morning during spotty drizzling rain. Earlier City Soil had dropped off a truck load of top soil for the volunteers. For the next three hours volunteers got their hands (and clothes) dirty as they dug, planted and worked the soil. And nobody left early.

This was Phase One to plant around the Egleston Square sign facing Washington Street and Columbus Avenue. Phase Two will be done by May 21 with a second planting bed in back and a lending library. The half moon granite blocks will be painted by local artists who will paint the library stand.

At the Peace Park volunteers from the Iglesia Reformda Emanuel Church, which faces the park at 3140 Washington St., raked up leaves under the shrub beds beneath the murals and swept the pavement areas.

Work gets underway at 'stonehenge park Sat morning

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Work gets underway at ‘Stonehenge’ park Saturday morning.

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(L-R) Luis Cotto, Marvin Watkins and

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(L-R) Ron Hafer. Marvin Watkins and Luis Cotto/

Volunteers from Iglesia Reformda Emanuel led by Pastor Gerardo Velasquez clean up the Peace Park

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Volunteers from Iglesia Reformada Emanuel Church led by Pastor Gerardo Velasquez, left, clean up the Peace Park.

The site of 'stonehenge' sitting park ca 1975 the building was torn down after a fire about 1985/

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The site of ‘Stonehenge’ sitting park circa 1975 — the building was torn down after a fire in the mid-80s.

Bethan,. a member of Christ the King Church, plants around the Egleston sign

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Bethany, a member of Christ the King Church ,plants around the Egleston Square sign.

Phase One of the Love Your Block grant awarded to ESMS is planting the oval facing Washington and Columbus

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Phase One of the Love Your Block grant awarded to ESMS is planting around the oval facing Washington Street and Columbus Avenue.

Luis Cotto ESMS director lays out the next steps with Magda ( L) and Linda. Magda and her husband Marvin lives next to' stonehenge' on Columbus Ave.

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Luis Cotto, ESMS director, lays out the next steps with volunteers who live right by the Stonehedge Park.

Marvin Watkins igs hole for an azalea. that Linda Winburn ( L ). will plant. In the background is Neighborhood Services Vista Volunteer Emily Marsh

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Marvin Watkins digs hole for an azalea that Linda Winburn, left, would plant. In the background is Neighborhood Services Vista Volunteer Emily March.

Emily Marsh (L) and Taylor Caine load up a planter with topsoil

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Emily March, left, and Taylor Caine load up a planter with topsoil.