New York Restoration Project
In just about every city around the world, you can find a neglected park strewn with trash and weeds growing waist high. Making matters worse, these eyesores tend to concentrate in communities with limited access to green open spaces for children to play and families to relax and enjoy the outdoors. With city budgets straining, it is clear that assistance needs to come from somewhere.
In 1995, Grammy award winning singer and actress Bette Midler was fed up with the trash and neglect she saw throughout the ctiy that launched her career, and founded New York Restoration Project, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring and revitalizing parks and open spaces in New York City. Open green spaces
offer an abundant gift of health for individual body and spirit, bring the promise of local community and economic development, and help to make New York City and our planet more environmentally secure and sustainable.
Their first action was to cleanup a park with a group of volunteers helping out. Over the past 15 years, NYRP has expanded their mission beyond cleaning up parks to include many other missions:
- Native Plant Restoration
- Plant and Nature focused Celebrations
- Educational Programs exposing urban schoolchildren to the wonders of the natural environment, including Outdoor Classrooms
- Park Management
- Urban Garden Restoration, Preservation and Maintenance
- Art and Performance Programs in parks
- Nutrition Education
- Sustainable Initiatives including Rainwater Harvesting, Off Grid, Waste Reduction and Million Trees NYC
Last month, Woolly Pocket partnered with NYRP in creating a Living Wall in Union Square in honor of Earth Day. The wall, measuring 96′ x 8′, was built using 300 Woolly Wallys and was the gateway to the NYC Grows Festival held a few days later.
We’re extremely proud to have worked with such an amazing organization pursuing goals in line with our mission to help all people enjoy the beauty and benefits of growing plants. If you believe in their mission like we do, then consider becoming a member of NYRP!
Do you know of an organization doing good work in your town? Let us know, we’d love to profile them in future postings! Happy Gardening!