I live along Eastern Parkway, and over the years I've lived here, it seems the grass keeps getting thinner and thinner along the mall paths. I recently contacted the Parks Department about it, and they said they are going to be re-seeding in the coming weeks. They've definitely stepped up the garbage collectors, as I see them almost every morning as I walk my dog, picking up trash along the pathways. Perhaps this is step 1, just prior to re-seeding? Yet, I can't find any other info online about the efforts. Does anyone know of any community effort to keep the Eastern Parkway paths looking nicer? I asked the Parks Department what I could do to help. And I got no response. I'd happily spread seed and water. Seems like it'd be a huge bonus to involve community members. But it's apparently hard to get in touch with someone about it.
There also seems to be an increase of dog owners not picking up after their dogs. On my block, there are always no less than 10 piles in the grass as well as on the sidewalk/mall path. Does anyone have suggestions about what could be done to help "curb" this problem? The city installed baskets on the ends of the blocks that are supposed to hold dog bags. I guess that was their solution. But people (A) don't use doggie bags, (B) don't care, (C) think the city-installed bag holders are trash bins. I also talked to someone at the parks service who said the city has "Curb your dog" signs, but I have no clue who to contact or how to get them installed along Eastern Parkway. Granted, signs aren't necessarily going to do anything for those people who just don't care about picking up after their dog or themselves. But wouldn't it help at least a bit? I'm not sure how much people are actually caught in the act and fined for not picking up after their dogs. Does anyone know how a resident might help out, to try to keep the neighborhood cleaner? Or if there are already groups in place that one could join?