Volunteers Help City Improve Oak Management

Park visitors have probably noticed some changes in the oak grove in the southwest corner of Bush’s Pasture Park over the past year. More leaves have been allowed to remain on the ground in the fall and, now, many oaks are surrounded by larger and more deeply-mulched “tree circles.” What’s going on? Under the leadership…

Do Trees Talk?

Do trees talk? Trees do not seem to “talk” as we know it, by sending specific sound waves into the air.  But scientists are convinced that trees communicate through a system of underground connections that rely upon fungi.  Scientists say that these connections can influence how trees grow and whether they defend themselves from disease.…

What a Year!

What a crazy year! Now I know 2020 is not over yet, but for me, I began my first year as Volunteer Coordinator for Mission Streets Parks Conservancy (MSPC) in September 2019. And here it is September 2020. When I joined the Tuesday Gardeners in June of 2019, I didn’t realize that by September, Michael…

Meet Tuesday Gardener Chet Zenone

You may have seen Chet Zenone if you have been in Bush’s Pasture Park on a Tuesday morning. Chet’s the guy with the glasses, making jokes, and chatting with his fellow Tuesday gardeners. He’ll help anywhere, but woodworking projects are his passion. He has volunteered at the park for about five years. Chet and his…

MPSC Responds to COVID-19

MSPC Cancels Events & Reduces Programming Mission Street Parks Conservancy has reduced the scope of its work in order to protect our volunteers and meet Governor Brown’s requirements for social distancing. Here is a summary of what we are and are not doing. Events. MSPC has canceled all public events through June, including our spring…

New Law Increases Deductions for Charitable Contributions

The recent CARES Act, passed to provide relief during the coronavirus outbreak, changes the way charitable deductions will work during the 2020 tax year: Taxpayers who do not itemize deductions when filing will be able to deduct charitable contributions of up to $300 when calculating their adjusted gross income. Taxpayers who do itemize deductions will be…

Leadership Change at MSPC

Michael Slater stepped down as MSPC president on March 31st. The board elected Christine Chute as the new president. Michael served as MSPC’s first president and managed the Conservancy’s day-to-day work for the past 30 months. During his term, the organization evolved from the Friends of Bush Gardens to the Mission Street Parks Conservancy, installed…

Installation of New Park Trees Complete

Thanks to the generosity of MSPC members, we were able to contribute 17 new and carefully selected ornamental trees to Bush’s Pasture Park, including: Acer palmatum ‘Green Cascade’ Acer palmatum ‘Aconitofolium’ Acer palmatum ‘Fascination’ Cornus mas ‘Golden Glory’ by Mark and Sharon Krimmel Gleditsia triacanthos f. inermis ‘Skyline,’ by Wally and Carlene Benson on behalf…