Greenpoint Gazette

Help Decide the Greening of Greenpoint

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Greenpointers can provide input on how they’d like to see the greening of their neighborhood take place over the next three years at a meeting to be held September 30 at the McCarren Play Center.

It’s part of Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF) funded project titled, “Greening Greenpoint.”

The City Parks Foundation, a non-profit organization providing free programming in parks across the city, is the lead agency on the project that will see the installation of up to 500 new trees in the parks and along the streets of Greenpoint.

City Parks has partnered with several organizations like the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, the Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce, and Million Trees NYC.

Some of the other highlights of the project include installing 325 tree guards and planting bulbs and ground cover around trees along the neighborhood streets. Removing some of the unnecessary concrete that surrounds close to 700 existing tree beds. Engaging the community, particularly local school students to become actively involved in the upkeep and maintenance of the trees and the green space in the neighborhood to learn the different ways in which they can make an impact on the community.

In addition, the project will also see the creation of more green spaces in the neighborhood, better stormwater infrastructure, and a new tree canopy cover.

The project was funded in the first round of grants submitted and approved last year. GCEF awarded the project $1.95 million and this was supplemented by matching contributions from private organizations in approximately the same amount.

The project will cover all of Greenpoint and is expected to be completed within in the next three years.

Greening Greenpoint Community Planning Meeting, Wednesday, September 30, McCarren Play Center, 776 Lorimer Street, 6:30-8:00 p.m., for more information contact the New York Tree Trust at nytreetrust@parks.nyc.gov or 718-760-4009.

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