In 2016, OSA launched the Greenpoint Parks Stewardship Program (GPSP). During its initial 8 months in operation, GPSP has hosted over 20 new events reaching over 2,000 Greenpoint residents and adding over 200 new volunteers to OSA’s corps of community-minded citizens.
At McGolrick Park, the largest park in Greenpoint, the GPSP implemented Saturday Sweeps, a monthly clean-up that took place on the second Saturday of each month during the park’s “high season,” native plant gardening events and cultural events, including a concert in the park in August. The GPSP has supported ongoing programming of McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance (MPNA), including movie nights during the summer.
At Transmitter Park, GPSP has held or co-sponsored gardening events, a river clean-up, and a ‘water day’ to learn about the East River for teens from underserved parts of South Williamsburg who do not live near the water.
At American Playground, the GPSP held Neighborhood Play Day in September 2016. The event included a learn-to-ride-a-bike program, storytime, music and face painting for young children, as well as free ice cream. In addition to GCEF, partners for the event included NYC Parks, Bike NY, GreeNYC, the Brooklyn Public Library and Word, a bookstore across the street from the playground.
At Greenpoint Playground, GPSP created a pumpkin patch celebrating Hallloween on October 26.
In December 2016, GPSP held an organizational meeting to establish friends groups for WNYC Transmitter Park and American Playground.
OSA plans to expand the Greenpoint Parks Stewardship Program significantly in 2017 through more programming partnerships and more volunteers.
Greenpoint Parks Stewardship Program is made possible by the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund.