Photo Credits: Aaron Dawson and Project EverGreen
The 1 1/2 day project to prep and enhance accessibility to this vibrant community garden. Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Communities volunteers will work with NYC Parks Green Thumb to improve and expand pathway accessibility to all corners of the garden. Accessibility is particularly important for this garden as a number of gardeners are wheelchair users. The garden’s planters will also be repaired and new plants, fruits and vegetables will be installed.
Why Are Green Spaces Important to New York City
Green spaces are important to New York City residents for several reasons:
Environmental Benefits: Green spaces help to mitigate the urban heat island effect, reduce air pollution, and provide habitats for wildlife. They also help to reduce stormwater runoff and prevent flooding.
Health Benefits: Access to green spaces has been shown to improve mental health, reduce stress, and promote physical activity. In a city like New York, where many residents live in areas with limited access to fresh food and safe outdoor spaces, green spaces can provide important opportunities for exercise and recreation.
Social Benefits: Green spaces provide a gathering place for community events and activities, fostering a sense of community and social cohesion. They also provide opportunities for volunteerism and community engagement.
Economic Benefits: Green spaces can increase property values and attract businesses, tourists, and new residents to the area. This can lead to increased economic activity and job creation.
In New York City, the availability of green spaces varies widely by neighborhood, with some areas having more parks and greenways than others. As a result, there has been a push to increase access to green spaces in underserved communities, through initiatives such as the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Parks and the Parks Without Borders program. These initiatives aim to improve the quality of life for all New York City residents by increasing access to green spaces and promoting a healthier and more sustainable city.
- Excavate new walkway
- Lay base material and compact it
- Cut and install pavers to create new, accessible path from front to back of the garden
- Level and re-install Diamond Grid throughout garden
- Prune trees
- Install perennials and shrubs