Maintaining the beauty and charm of Temple Street all year long takes teamwork, and residents work closely with the University to create one of the safest and most welcoming walkways on Beacon Hill.
“In essence, the Temple Street Association helps to beautify our campus, and we maintain what they have done,” says Suffolk’s Jim Wallace, director of facilities operations. “It’s a mutually beneficial relationship.”
“Overall, it’s a collaborative effort that we share with Suffolk,” says Becky Mulzer of the Temple Street Association. “We each contribute a significant part of making Temple Street a beautiful place.”
Each May, as the weather turns fine, Temple Street residents gather to plant all of the planters and tree pits on their street. In December they hold a holiday decorating event, filling the planters with pine greens and wrapping the gas lamps with garlands.
Suffolk’s Office of Facilities Planning and Management complements their seasonal efforts, watering all of the tree pits and planters three times a week during the spring, summer, and fall and removing ice and snow during the cold months.
“We also plant and water the flowers in [the city-owned] Temple Street Park and water the plants on the residents’ doorsteps,” says Wallace. “Our neighbors appreciate what we do. One of them even refers to our workers as ‘the watering angels.’”
One of those angels is Jose Landaverde, who says the watering takes about two and half hours.
“It makes me happy when everything looks nice and when someone comes out of their building and says ‘thank you,’” he says.
Show of thanks
The Temple Street Association joined with Chef Brian Poe of the Tip Tap Room recently to host a luncheon for the Suffolk watering and snow-removal teams. The restaurant, which is adjacent to Ridgeway, was a beneficiary of Suffolk’s attention to snow removal on Cambridge Street.
“This was a very tough winter, but the effort of the Suffolk workers was exceptional,” says Mulzer. “Many of us saw them working at night when the snow was falling and the wind was blowing. They did a great job."
“It makes me feel good that our workers have been recognized for the job that they do year round,” says Wallace. “In some of those winter storms, they can be here 24 hours or more. They pride themselves in keeping our campus, neighborhood, and part of the city in the best shape possible.”