Friday, October 20, 2023

This Sunday October 22: IMPD in Isham Park


Mulch delivered Thursday October 19th
Look familiar? 

Once again NYC Partnerships for Parks has designated this coming Sunday October 22nd as:

It's My Park Day in Isham Park. 

Please come help out from 9:00am to 12 noon to assist with weeding and mulching the gardens all around the park for the winter. We will also transfer a few shrubs to fill in some gaps and plant some bulbs.

Meet VIP at the rose garden entrance on the Park Terrace East traffic circle near the newly delivered mulch pile pictured above. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Wood chips have arrived!

Please meet us near this pile of wood chips delivered yesterday just south of the Park Terrace East traffic circle. We will be wheel barrowing to many spots around Isham Park. 

Likely also watering!

9:00 to 11:30 am

 this Saturday May 20th

Hoping for predicted rain overnight later that night!

Friday, May 12, 2023

Next Saturday, May 20, 2023

    Saturday May 20th
    9:00 to 11:30 am
    Park Terrace East Circle 
    entrance to Isham Park

    First, thank you to everyone who participated in It's My Park Day in Isham Park last October.  The bulbs - provided by the Partnerships for Parks - planted then are just now finishing up.  If April's dominant bloom color was pink, May has started off with purple: Lilacs, Irises, and Alium. 

    Next Saturday, May 20th, Volunteers for Isham Park will hold It's My Park Day once again. We will meet - as we did last fall - at the Park Terrace East traffic circle entrance to Isham Park. Planned work will be to clean and weed gardens and paths nearby. There may be planting as well. Rain is currently predicted but it looks like it may be late in the day or in the evening. 

Please join us in caring for Isham Park!

Thursday, April 6, 2023

The pink full moon April 6, 2023

The pink full moon is today: Thursday April 6, 2023 and Isham Park is pulling out the stops for spring. The terrace center, wall capstones, and the benches in the Isham family memorial are pink granite, likely derived from Cobalt, Connecticutt, where Julia Isham and her husband Henry Osborne Taylor lived after they married.

To all those who volunteered for It's My Park Day last October and those who later helped plant the generous helping of bulbs the Partnership for Parks brought to us that day, Thank you!

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Isham Park turns 110

Last Wednesday, September 28, 2022, Isham Park quietly turned 110 years old.
Difficult to believe a whole decade has flown by us.
The park has served NYC through two pandemics.

On Saturday October 15th, VIP is holding  It's My Park Day in Isham Park to celebrate
by working to maintain the park:

It's My Park Day
Saturday October 15th (rain date Sunday October 16th)
9am to 12 noon

Meet at the Isham Memorial terrace 
just southeast of the Park Terrace East entrance to Isham Park.
Work will include:
- cleaning pathways
- mulching gardens
- painting benches

Hope to see you all on the 15th
Photo above: Vintage pin worn by a member of the Isham family, Carol Collins Malone, at the Centennial Celebration held on September 29, 2012  

Thursday, April 14, 2022

2022: April showers

Birds. Nests abound in Inwood as do birds and bird song. A Japanese Zelkova tree along Park Terrace West boasts this decor of trailing Easter basket grass. Farther up is another nest.

Friday April 15th begins Passover week.  Tomorrow is also Good Friday. Saturday is the Pink full moon. Sunday is Easter. 

Today, the afternoon brought a sudden storm, with a gentle but thorough rain. 

April showers bring May flowers. This well-worn phrase is said to mean in a general sense: good will follow adversity.  This year it has a special significance.

Friday, November 12, 2021

November 2021

When the Pandemic started in 2020, no one knew we would still be dealing with it in November of 2021.  

Eastern Red Bud trees along the west side of Park Terrace West, planted in 2015 by Million Trees New York, are now in full fall color. Their clearly bright yellow leaves are the color compliment to their spring fuschia or purplish-pink flowers. Black seed pods hang on them in profusion. 

Isham Park was given to New York City in 1911; its opening ceremony was held on September 28, 1912. So next year, 2022, will be the 110th anniversary for the opening of Isham Park which has quietly served the city through two Pandemics.