By Ryan Graham
With the help of about 20 neighborhood volunteers, the block of 238th St. between Sedgwick and Cannon Place has become a green space. A garden over 400 feet long has been created, where previously only asphalt and weeds existed. We’ll post some pictures soon, but in the meantime, walk by and see it for yourself!
A Love-your-Block grant from the city of New York financed the rental of a dumpster and the purchase of roses, euonymous and barberry bushes. Other plants such as dozens of hostas were donated by community members. Pine bark wood-chip mulch was donated by the Parks Department. The University Neighborhood Housing Program served as fiscal sponsor.
The work commenced Saturday, April 16, with the removal of over 1000 square feet of asphalt. There was a gardening system in place: teams first broke the asphalt with pick axes, others carted the huge chunks away to the dumpster, while still others planted hostas and spread mulch.
The garden is a work-in-progress, and there are ways you can help! Check www.fipna.org for future community gardening days. In the meantime, pick up litter when you see it, and spread the word about keeping dogs out of the garden. Pet waste kills plants!