Ziemia: McGolrick Park 2020-03-07T09:41:52+00:00

Project Description

Ziemia: McGolrick Park

Project Lead: North Brooklyn Parks Alliance (formerly Open Space Alliance)
Project Partners: Eckford Street Studios; McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance; P.S. 110 and P.S. 34; Cottonwood Agile Learning Center; St. Stanislaw Kostka Parish; Park Church Coop; Greenpoint Islamic Center; Polish Cultural Institute of New York; Polish Consulate General; Offices of New York State Assembly Member Joseph Lentol; New York City Council Member Stephen Levin; and U.S. Congress Member Carolyn Maloney
Project Location: Russell Street-side of McGolrick Park
GCEF Grant: $30,000
Matching Contribution: $3,900
Project Completed: July 2019

In 2018, through a competitive process, North Brooklyn Parks Alliance was awarded $30,000 in GCEF funding (and provided $3,900 in matching funding) to restore a 1,500 square foot section of garden in McGolrick Park along the Russell Street border of the park, including the expansion of a meadow area, and the re-creation of a woodland floor area in an adjacent section of the park. In conjunction with these restoration efforts, the project conducted community outreach through workshops on Greenpoint’s ecological history as a wilderness area and aligned with a public art sculpture project located temporarily in the restored area (not funded by GCEF), called “Ziemia” (Ziemia is the Polish word for “earth”).

  • Created 3000 square feet of wildlife habitat
  • Engaged in horticultural maintenance, including ongoing trash pickup and leaf removal
  • Held 4 family ecologically-oriented art workshops in collaboration with Eckford Street Studios
  • Engaged in ongoing communication about the context and benefits of the project via website posts, social media, and in-person interactions on site