Finding a patch of green space can be tough when you live in the concrete jungle that is New York City. Project EverGreen is out to change that.

Project EverGreen, with the support of a grant from ConEdison and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation/Green Thumb Community Gardens initiative, and volunteer partners, is revitalizing the Clinton Community garden on New York City’s Lower East side to further develop this slice of green space that is of vital importance to neighborhood residents.

A new pea gravel path being installed at the Clinton Community Garden on NYC’s lower east side.

The first phase of the project, completed in late November, saw a new gravel entry path installed, the site regraded to eliminate standing water and fresh soil added to new and existing planter boxes.

Plans for phase two of the project, scheduled for spring 2019, will include installation of a shade garden bed, plantings bed raised, a second garden bed constructed, and new plantings of ornamental shrubs, flowers and vegetable plants.

Local green industry companies Artisan Garden Landscape Construction and ABB Landscape Architects contributed their expertise to the first phase of the project.

“Project EverGreen is happy to return to New York City and help revitalize Clinton Community Garden,’ said Cindy Code, executive director of Project EverGreen. “As we did with the project in East Harlem, we are hoping to create an area where neighborhood residents can relax, connect and create a sustainable green space and vegetable garden for all to enjoy.”

Volunteers renovate a planting bed at New York City’s Clinton Community Garden.

In 2017, Project EverGreen helped transform a vacant lot adjacent to the Carter Burden Center for Aging in East Harlem, into a new, sustainable fruit and vegetable garden and community park for The Neighbors of Vega Baja Association. The renovation provided sustainable healthy food and environmental, economic, and social benefits to neighborhood residents.

The Clinton Community Garden project will include the following elements:

• Installation of new planting beds and adding new soil to new and existing beds
• Raise existing beds and regrade site to eliminate standing water
• Installation of pea gravel path
• Installation of shade garden bed and benches
• Transplant existing plants into new soil
• Add new plantings including ornamental shrubs, flowers and vegetable plants will be added