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…

A Farewell to the 2019 Gardening Season

Today brings to a close the 2019 gardening season for Mission Street Parks Conservancy. Our hardy, talented and good looking band of volunteer gardeners contributed 1,545 hours to the care of the park’s 50 plus landscape beds and greenhouse plants. Over the course of this year, they planted over 100 trees and shrubs, hundred of…