The stump circle in McKinley Park's natural area is the rendezvous point for monthly park stewardship days.

New McKinley Park Steward Announces Cleanup, Habitat Programs

Published April 10, 2022

Longtime McKinley Park neighborhood resident Nicholas Efrosinis has volunteered to be the new steward for McKinley Park, and he's announced two programs: the return of monthly stewardship days and a community-wide program to document park flora and fauna.

 
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"Starting on Earth Day, McKinley Park Stewardship is launching a neighborhood-wide, season-long event: the McKinley Park Bio Blitz," Efrosinis announced. From April 22 to November 27, 2022, participants can "observe and identify the diverse species of the natural area of our park," he said.

 
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The program asks participants of all ages to use the iNaturalist service to document their observations, and add them to the "McKinley Park Bio Blitz" project. iNaturalist offers both a mobile app for iOS and a mobile app for Android, which can be used to participate in the Bio Blitz. Efrosinis said.

Nicholas Efronsis helps out in McKinley Park in the summer of 2021.Nicholas Efrosinis helps out in McKinley Park in the summer of 2021.Park leadership and volunteers will assess the results and then award prizes at the McKinley Park Advisory Council Meeting on Monday, December 12, 2022, Efrosinis said.

Stewardship Days

The monthly McKinley Park Stewardship Day to spruce up the park returns on Earth Day weekend, on Saturday, April 23, and then occurs every month on the third Saturday through November 2022. "We will meet at the stump circle at 10 a.m.," Efrosinis said.

 
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"Volunteer tasks vary each month, but might include trail maintenance, planting, pruning, weeding, controlling invasive plant species, seed collection and/or trash pick-up," Efrosinis said. He added that many workdays will be followed by other programs and educational activities, such as seminars, bird watching and plant identification walks.

Efrosinis also encouraged local businesses and institutions to participate by sending their workers to help: Large groups should RSVP by sending email to MKPgarden@gmail.com, he said.

Community Garden is Full

Efrosinis is also the volunteer president of the McKinley Park Community Garden, located in the parkway between northbound and southbound Damen Avenue at about 38th Street. He announced that all plots have been filled for the current season. "It looks like our waiting list exceeds our open beds," he said.

Anyone who wishes to be part of the garden must add their name to the waiting list by sending email to MKPgarden@gmail.com, Efrosinis said. The garden hopes to expand in the future and be able to offer more plots to neighborhood gardeners, he said.

McKinley Park Bio Blitz poster 2022

 
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