The improvements across these 22 gardens will allow more Brooklynites to engage and enjoy the enriching experience of a community garden right outside their door.”
By Andrea Leonhardt
July 23, 2018
“Community gardens provide critical opportunities for healthier lifestyles, and these vital improvements made in 22 locations are going to connect residents to the outdoors and gathering spaces and create access to the immeasurable benefits of open space,” said Cuomo during a press conference at the Bergen Street Block Association Garden in Crown Heights.
Currently, Central Brooklyn residents have some of the fewest opportunities for physical fitness in the entire state, according to the governor. The Vital Brooklyn initiative is aiming to lower these rates by increasing access to nature and open space, and improving and creating more recreational opportunities.
“I am excited by this effort to put urban gardening within reach of more Brooklyn families because they improve access to fresh food while encouraging healthy outdoor activity and building connections in the community,” said Assemblymember Wright.
In partnership with New York Restoration Project (NYRP) and Brooklyn Queens Land Trust, eight community gardens will receive upgrades such as the installation of shade structures, new raised beds, fencing and paving, pathways or solar installations.