Monsignor McGolrick Park Restoration 2020-03-07T09:31:10+00:00

Project Description

Monsignor McGolrick Park Restoration

Project Lead: Horticultural Society of New York
2015 Project Partners: McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance; North Brooklyn Parks Alliance (formerly Open Space Alliance); and New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
2018 Project Partners: North Brooklyn Parks Alliance; and P.S. 110 The Monitor School
Project Location: Monsignor McGolrick Park
Total GCEF Funding: $783,011
2015 GCEF Grant: $562,056 2017 Budget Additions: $128,455
2018 GCEF Grant: $75,000 2019 Budget Addition: $17,500
Total Matching Contributions: $2,100,000
2015 Matching Contribution: $2,100,000 2018 Matching Contribution: $0
Project Completed: July 2019

In 2015, through a competitive process, the Horticultural Society of New York received a $562,056 GCEF grant (and provided $2,100,000 in matching funds) to enhance and restore environmental and community amenities in 5 proposed areas of Monsignor McGolrick Park. The first activity was to recondition a compacted lawn in the southeast area of the park by remediating the soil, applying new topsoil, reseeding the turf with shade grasses, and installing temporary irrigation and fencing. A second activity was to reset pavers in the central plaza to direct rainwater runoff into an adjacent rain garden. A third activity would create a native pollinator (e.g., bees, butterflies) sanctuary in the primary garden area of the park. A fourth activity would have reconditioned the soil and restored garden beds around the playground. A fifth activity would restore drainage at the dog run by removing dirty mulch, lowering the soil to below grade, installing drains, and backfilling with mulch. A final set of activities would involve conducting an environmental education program about the natural features of the park, creating a Citizen Gardener certification program, cleanup events at the improved park, installing interpretive educational signs about green infrastructure in urban areas and implementing two “It’s My Park” days to encourage parkgoers to learn more about park stewardship.

NOTE: The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation did not approve enhancement and restoration activities at the Playground Garden or the Central Pavilion. As an alternative, the Horticultural Society of New York redirected GCEF funds to create an educational rain garden and enhance the existing “Urban Oasis Garden” (the creation of which was funded through a 2014 GCEF grant.) The rain garden mitigates existing drainage concerns and provides educational experiences for visitors.

In 2017, through a competitive process, the Horticultural Society of New York received an additional $128,455 to complete the restoration of the enhanced “Urban Oasis Garden” in McGolrick Park. The renovation goals included: remediating the soil, reducing or eliminating standing water caused by compacted soil in part thru that soil remediation, installing native shrubs, perennials and mulching, engaging community members in the process, and educating the community about sustainability and wildlife habitat.

In 2018, through another competitive process, the Horticultural Society of New York was awarded $75,000 in additional funding from GCEF to continue to provide active maintenance of areas restored under prior GCEF grants, and environmental education to students and community members.

  • Renovated the “Urban Oasis Garden”, which included restoring approximately 20,000 square feet of degraded park area designated as a bird sanctuary, weeding invasive species, installing 700 native shrubs, constructing a passive rain garden, and engaging 100 community volunteers in the implementation and maintenance
  • Eliminated stormwater run-off and standing water caused by compacted soil in the paved area adjacent to the “Urban Oasis Garden”
  • Conducted ongoing horticultural maintenance thru Spring 2019 in the “Urban Oasis Garden” including watering, weeding, pruning, removing invasive plants, amending soil, mulching, removing trash, and replanting native plants in designated garden sites
  • Renovated the dog run area of the park
  • Remediated the lawn area which included applying new topsoil and reseeding the turf
  • Procured equipment for long term park maintenance
  • Hired a principal gardener for the period of the grant
  • Created and updated a training manual to provide instructions concerning the maintenance requirements of the restored areas of McGolrick Park
  • Created the Citizen Gardener Certification Program, which trained 3 gardeners in 2016 and another 6 in 2018
  • Conducted multiple community events, including an Earth Day 2018 event attended by 50 families, a bird and tree talk attended by 60 P.S. 110 students, and a tree identification and care workshop attended by 25 members of the community
  • Delivered the “Young Naturalist Program” for 8 weeks during the summers of 2017 and 2018 5 days/week for 8 weeks, attended by a total of over 1,500 participants, including children ranging in age from 2-12
  • Hosted school group visits with P.S. 31, P.S. 34, and P.S. 110 attended by 400 children and 100 teachers