In 2016, OSA launched the Greenpoint Parks Stewardship Program (GPSP), funded with a grant from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF). GCEF is an environmental grant program created by the State of New York with monies obtained through a settlement with ExxonMobil over its Greenpoint oil spill in the Newtown Creek. GSPS addresses environmental priorities of the Greenpoint community through parks programming.
To date, GPSP has hosted over 30 new events reaching over 2,500 Greenpoint residents and adding over 200 new volunteers to OSA’s corps of community-minded citizens. In October 2017, OSA received an additional 18-month grant to continue GSPS activities in Greenpoint parks.
GPSP has provided ongoing support to several local park groups, providing administrative and programming help and assisting in community outreach.
At McGolrick Park, the largest park in Greenpoint, the GPSP has supported ongoing programming of McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance (MPNA), including native plant gardening with the Horticultural Society of New York, and kids days and movie nights during the summer months.
Among others, GPSP has held or co-sponsored gardening and cleanup events at McCarren and Transmitter Parks. At American and Greenpoint Playgrounds, the GPSP held planting workshops with local schools.
GSPS leverages partnerships with local and city-wide organizations and businesses to bring diverse educational and fun programming to Greenpoint parks.
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.