Monday, May 19, 2008
The Unveiling of the Urban Meadow
One very appealing thing about our neighborhood is the large number of community gardens and other outdoor space within several short blocks. As of this posting, there are at least four community gardens, two playgrounds (and several more than that within walking distance), and a number of vacant lots that have potential to become spaces worth adding to the list.
One example of this is the soon to be opened Urban Meadow Bklyn. Located on the corner of Van Brunt and President Sts., the Urban Meadow started out as a project by XS Space, Balmori Associates, the Parks Dept., the office of the Borough President, and Community Board 6, which aimed to explore ways of converting vacant lots into productive green spaces. By using research and data from the Columbia University Center for Climate Studies, the space was designed to provide a wide number of environmental benefits to the city around it.
In order for the space to be sustainable, it has been granted Greenthumb status, and will function as a community garden, being maintained by local residents.
On June 11, 2008, from 11:30-1:00, come down and join community members, designers, sponsors, and elected officials in cutting the ribbon of the meadow and unveiling what is to become a "smart park for New York City." This will be the first of many events to come in this new space, which will continue to become more and more beautiful as it grows and progresses.