Greenpoint Parks Community Stewardship Program 2020-03-07T09:20:23+00:00

Project Description

Greenpoint Parks Community Stewardship Program

Project Lead: North Brooklyn Parks Alliance (formerly Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn)
Project Partners: McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance
Project Location: Monsignor McGolrick Park, Transmitter Park, Newtown Barge Park, and Greenpoint and American Playgrounds
Total GCEF Funding: $198,000
2015 GCEF Grant: $99,000
2017 Budget Addition: $99,000
Matching Contribution: $30,000
TOTAL INVESTMENT: $228,000
Project Completed: July 2019
PROJECT DESCRIPTION

In 2015, through a competitive process, North Brooklyn Parks Alliance (NBPA) received $99,000 in GCEF funding (and provided $30,000 in matching funds) to support a Community Stewardship Program Manager to oversee a program to promote the stewardship of Greenpoint parks. Major project activities included recruiting volunteers and managing volunteer events in Greenpoint parks, and conducting park cleanup and planting events. The project also developed and delivered weekly educational programs for local youth, schools, and community groups on the natural resources of the parks and how to care for them.  Further, the project developed self-sustaining “Friends of Parks” groups, identified community leaders to advocate for their parks, publicized park events, and gathered feedback from community members about individual park needs.

In 2017, through a competitive process, North Brooklyn Parks Alliance was awarded an additional $99,000 to continue the implementation of the Greenpoint Parks Stewardship Program, and its growing network of “Friends of Parks” groups in Greenpoint parks and playgrounds. An additional activity included implementing a parks volunteer leader training and mentoring program.

PROJECT ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Spearheaded 83 events in Greenpoint Parks that engaged more than 4,300 community members including stewardship events, education events, and youth-focused programs
  • Convened over 40 partner organizations
  • Planted over 5,800 specimens, ranging from daffodils to trees
  • Gained visibility as a parks resource from targeted outreach at community meetings and local fairs
  • Facilitated the creation of “Friends of Parks” groups at American Playground, Greenpoint Playground, WNYC Transmitter, and McCarren Park
  • Worked with “Friends of Parks” groups at American and Greenpoint Playgrounds to install “heritage planters” to create green space in an otherwise asphalt lot
  • Designated a “Service Enterprise” by NYC Service, a division of the Office of the Mayor, focused on volunteerism and service in NYC
  • Worked with Americorps to hire 2 NYC Civic Corps fellows to design and execute a volunteer program and develop a Volunteer Policies and Procedures Handbook
  • In 2018, Applied for and received a $45,000 inaugural grant from the Altman Foundation to support the cultivation of local stewardship
PROJECT PRODUCTS