Urban Oasis in Monsignor McGolrick Park 2020-03-07T09:40:29+00:00

Project Description

Urban Oasis in Monsignor McGolrick Park

Project Lead: New York Audubon Society
Project Partners: New York City Department of Parks and Recreation; Amy Kienzle, Pastor of Lutheran Church of the Messiah
Project Location: Monsignor McGolrick Park
GCEF Grant: $24,871
Matching Contribution: $25,636
Project Completed: October 2015

In 2014, through a competitive process, New York City Audubon Society received a $24,871 grant from GCEF (and provided $25,636 in matching funds) to create an “Urban Oasis” in Monsignor McGolrick Park. The Urban Oasis project entailed creating a one-quarter acre native plant garden in the southeast corner of the park by planting native species (including wildflowers, which provide food and shelter for migratory birds), inventorying birds before planting, and engaging volunteers to plant the garden. The project also sought to build a community of Greenpoint residents engaged in environmental stewardship and maintenance of McGolrick Park.

In July 2015, the New York City Audubon Society completed the garden and installed three rain barrels for rainwater collection. Temporary signage was designed, printed, and installed in the plot, and a native plant brochure was created. Additionally, 4 training sessions on how to conduct maintenance in the garden were held for volunteers from the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance and other Greenpoint community members. Two workshops were held to teach the community about native plants and surveys were conducted to identify plant species within the garden. Pre-planting bird surveys documented a variety of species of birds in the park, including American Robin, Hermit Thrush, Chimney Swift, and Northern Parula.

Above: Photos #3-5 by Debra Kriensky.

  • Created a one-quarter acre native plant garden, comprised of 4,372 plants, in the southeast corner of  Monsignor McGolrick Park
  • Hosted 4 training sessions to recruit and train volunteers
  • Managed 57 volunteers who assisted with planting, weeding, watering and maintenance of the garden for a total of 379 volunteer hours
  • Installed 3 rain barrels as green infrastructure to collect and store rainwater
  • Documented 17 different bird species in the park