Make a birdhouse for the newly designed Magnolia Park in East Arlington!
Creative community members and do-it-yourselfers are invited to build an original birdhouse that may be chosen for installation in Magnolia Park. We are looking for creative designs that will be fun to look at and also functional.
Birdhouse entries must be completed and delivered to the Robbins Library on Friday, May 12 between
12:00 noon and 5:00pm. All entries will be on display at the Robbins Library for the week of May 13 to 21 during which time the public will vote for their favorite designs. The finalists will be reviewed by members of the Arlington Park and Recreation Commission for safety, appropriateness, and sturdiness.
Six birdhouses will be selected and the winners will receive a stipend of $100 each. The winning
birdhouses will be installed on poles at Magnolia Park in East Arlington in time for the re-opening of the park. All selected birdhouses will become the property of the Town of Arlington and the Park and Recreation Commission.
Who can participate? Anyone who lives or works in Arlington - by yourself, with a partner, or a group of people or family may submit one birdhouse. Children under 12 are welcome to participate but please note that since the structures must be sturdy and well made, we strongly encourage adult/child teams.
What materials are ok to use? The selected birdhouses will be installed outdoors and will need to withstand all weather conditions including strong winds, rain and snow. Aluminum, wood, and plastic are all appropriate. Adhesives must be professional grade. Paints should be light fast.
What are the size limitations? Because the birdhouses will be mounted on a metal base 5.5" x 3.625"
which has predrilled holes, your birdhouse should be stable and appropriate for the base.
Need some inspiration?
No pre-made birdhouses or kits, please, though you could use them as bases and add your own creativity to make them really special!
Questions / more info: Jon Marshall, Director of Arlington Recreation - JRMarshall@town.arlington.ma.us