Our Current Project
Jay Street between Tillary Street and Cathedral Place
While McLaughlin Park is generally attractive and well-maintained, the section we are working on was recommended to be one of our garden projects because it looked unattractive and neglected. The site is very visible to pedestrians, across the street from the park are buildings of New York City Technical College, the Concord Village cooperative apartment complex, and CUNY buildings.
The Brooklyn Community Services rehabilitation and treatment agency conducts a psychosocial clubhouse program, Metro Club PROS, about two blocks away from this area. Clients from this agency have participated in previous projects of The GreenWorks team and will be working on this project as well. The visibility of this project increases its therapeutic potential for team members: when they receive positive feedback and compliments from the community for the work that they are doing it greatly enhances their sense of pride, self-esteem and self-confidence. Community members passing this area will see a garden filled with shade-loving plants chosen for their sustainability and beauty.
Last year a group of client volunteers were trained to be “mini-team leaders”, which has enabled them to supervise other volunteers in planting and maintaining the garden. This year we will be focusing on creating a “Friends of McLaughlin Park” group by reaching out to people who work, live, attend church or school in the area, appreciate the value of the garden for the community, and wish to help keep it going in future years.
If you would be interested in learning more about this Friends group, please contact the coordinator, Joyce Jed, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top photo: Our team members working in McLaughlin Park.
Bottom left: The entry to McLaughlin Park after beautification.
Bottom right: A lovely colorful garden in front of McLaughlin Park, along Jay Street.
Windsor Terrace Library
160 E. 5 Street (corner of E. 5 Street and Ft. Hamilton Pkwy) (F train)
In the spring of 2011 The GreenWorks Team began a pilot project in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, to beautify the grounds surrounding the Windsor Terrace Library with a group of teenage students with autism who attended a local public school. The team worked once a week, learning skills and techniques for planting a garden, simultaneously improving the library environment, which had been neglected, and their own functioning over the course of the next several months. The community was extremely pleased as well.
In 2012 we began to expand the Windsor Terrace Library greening project with a small grant for supplies from the Citizens Committee for New York City. The project included a more extensive decorative butterfly and perennial garden in front of the library, and seven raised community garden beds, placed in a formerly unused, desolate area behind the library. The greening team were clients from several community outpatient mental health agencies who benefited greatly from participation. One raised bed was placed in the front of the library as a “demonstration mini-farm” with informational signs about the vegetables and herbs growing there, to educate children from a nearby school and customers from a Saturday Youth Farmer’s Market held in front of the library.
Walt Whitman Library
93 St. Edwards Street (between Myrtle and Park Avenues) (A, C, F to Jay St. or R to DeKalb Ave.)