P.S. 110 Garden Renovation 2020-03-07T09:33:36+00:00

Project Description

P.S. 110 Garden Renovation

Project Lead: P.S. 110 PTA INC
Project Partners: Greenpoint Eco-Schools; Alive Structures; and Serge Drouin Architecture
Project Location: Next to P.S. 110 The Monitor School: 124 Monitor Street
Total GCEF Funding: $91,928
2018 GCEF Grant: $83,724
2019 Budget Addition: $8,204
Matching Contribution: $58,334
Project Completed: July 2019

In 2018, through a competitive process, P.S. 110’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) was awarded $83,724 in GCEF funding (and provided $58,334 in matching funds) to renovate a 6,000 square foot playground next to P.S. 110, The Monitor School, with planters for with native trees and vines to attract pollinators, raised garden beds to grow vegetables, and seating for students and others in the Greenpoint community to enjoy new green open space.

The new space is part of NYC Parks “Schoolyard to Playgrounds” program, and is open to the public on weekdays from school close until dusk and on weekends from 8 am until dusk.

  • Held a workshop for 45 teachers and staff to acquaint them with the garden and the plan for its use
  • Formed a greening committee and recruited 39 parents as garden volunteers to help ensure the sustainability of the garden
  • Installed 15 native vines, 8 native trees, 12 native shrubs, 300 native perennials, 15 vine planters, 12 large planters, and 8 extra-large tree planters
  • Introduced the entire student population of 550 students to hands-on gardening techniques with a week-long garden introduction class
  • Conducted a parent garden volunteer tour/training
  • Hosted a community bulb planting event, attended by 30 community members who planted over 400 bulbs in the garden
  • Created a greening resource library for teachers, staff, and parents, housed in the basement of the school
  • With the budget addition, installed a 180-gallon rainwater catchment system, six additional planters, shrubs, and soils
  • Held a garden open house and ribbon cutting ceremony in the spring of 2019

A Tale Of Two Potential Parks (Williamsburg Patch, October 11, 2018)