Urban Oasis in Monsignor McGolrick Park 2018-01-09T17:33:10+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, Lutheran Church of the Messiah
Project Location: Monsignor McGolrick Park
GCEF Grant: $24,871
Matching Contribution: $25,636
Fact Sheet: Urban Oasis in McGolrick Park PDF
Project Status: Completed (October 2015)

In 2014, New York City Audubon Society received $24,871 from GCEF (and provided $25,636 in matching funds) to create an Urban Oasis in Monsignor McGolrick Park. The Urban Oasis project entailed identifying and planting native species (including wildflowers, which provide food and shelter for migratory birds), inventorying birds before planting, engaging volunteers to plant and maintain the species, and building a community of Greenpoint residents engaged in environmental stewardship and maintenance of the park.

In July of 2015, the New York City Audubon Society completed a one-quarter acre native plant garden in the southeast corner of the park comprised of 4,372 plants. In addition, 3 rain barrels were installed for rainwater collection and storage, temporary signage was designed, printed, and installed in the plot, and a native plant brochure was created and distributed. Also, 4 orientation/training sessions were held to train volunteers from the Greenpoint community, New York City Audubon staff, and the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance. A total of 57 volunteers assisted with planting, weeding, watering and maintenance of the garden for a total of 379 volunteer hours. Additionally, surveys were held to identify species within the garden and two workshops were held to teach the community about native plants. Pre-planting bird surveys documented 17 species of birds in the park, including American Robin, Hermit Thrush, Chimney Swift, and Northern Parula.

Above: Photos #3-5 by Debra Kriensky.

PROJECT ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Created a one-quarter acre native plant garden, comprised of 4,372 plants, in the southeast corner of Greenpoint’s Monsignor McGolrick Park
  • Hosted 4 orientation/training sessions to recruit and train to train volunteers
  • Involved 57 volunteers 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
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