What: Public Orchard planting
When: Sunday Feb 15th
Time: 1:00 pm
Where: Riverside Gardens Park on Riverside Ave
On Sunday, February 15th, the public is invited to come plant the first public fruit orchard in Santa Cruz! Located at Riverside Gardens Park (between San Lorenzo Blvd and Riverside Ave), the orchard was proposed by the Fruit Tree Project and is being organized with David Shaw from UCSC’s Common Ground Center with input from William Rubel and support from the neighbors. The three year plan includes year one: pears and apples on either side of the compost bins, kept small and flat against the fence so the walkway is intact. We will also planting two grapes on the arbor. The following year includes a small citrus orchard next to Riverside Ave, and a larger orchard across the street on either side of the skate park. We are also requesting for the city to remove 5 larger trees so that they can be replaced with avocados.
The city will allow us to tap into their drip watering line, and the trees will be maintained and pruned by the Fruit Tree Project and neighbors (like me!). The fruit itself will be free to the public, and are next to the community garden beds which will hopefully be opened once the drought is over.
We are accepting donations for the trees themselves, and are planting a historic pear that once stood in orchards on this land back in the days of the famous Riverside Hotel.
It’s a historic moment in Santa Cruz. Hopefully it will be just the beginning, and fruit orchards will soon be popping up all over the place, like the rail-to-trail line, or the river walk. Come join us for the planting celebration!