Open Square was honored to host an EXTREMELY important group of local folks last week.
These amazing young people are 4th graders from Kelly Full Service Community School just down the street from Open Square.
We showed them what happens to water inside Open Square (gravity), why it is SO important to stay out of the canals (water flow & suction) what happens to the water inside our pressure cases (velocity) and how the turbines on top of those pressure cases make electricity (magnets). Then we showed them the computer program (IT) we use to manage our wheels and see what’s going on with them! Thank you so much to Ms. O’Donnell & Vice Principal Hernandez for the honor of hosting your amazing students.
Our work at Open Square is deeply connected to the seasons. We spend
too many many hours in the bobcat (our skid steer loader) and the plow truck when it snows. In the fall, we rake the water wheel grates twice a day to keep the water flowing at a pace that’s optimal for small hydro power. When the leaves fall is also when we service our steam boiler and plow equipment getting ready for the season that shall not be mentioned.
In July & August, we pull weeds or wack them and use sunny days to attend to any roof issues.
And in the spring, we bring out our blue French folding chairs, custom metal tables and canvas umbrellas over the canal, plant colorful annuals in our main entryway and move the adirondack benches (they live inside over the winter) outside to our two make-shift seating areas by the Mill 4 entrance.
Welcome spring. Now PLEASE STOP RAINING so we can have lunch outside over the canal.