Youth Gardener Program
We are also excited to announce that the Historic Harlem Parks (St. Nicholas, Morningside, Jackie Robinson and Marcus Garvey,) received two grants to fund a youth gardening program this summer. With so many summer youth programs cut due to the pandemic, we are lucky to be able to share in this positive, skill-building activity hosted in our park. Response to the Harlem Youth Gardeners summer job program was overwhelming, with over 120 applications received. The 20 youth gardeners and their two coordinators were last in the park yesterday (Tuesday, 8/18) – keep an eye out for their next visit!
The Parks Department recently announced $80 Million in budget cuts, which makes the work of Friends of St. Nicholas Park more critical this year than ever. Luckily we were hard at work applying for grants last winter and this spring and the work paid off! We received a Capacity grant, as well as a Relief and Recovery grant, totaling $3,700. Due to this generous support of Partnership for Parks, together with Whole Foods, CVS and Trader Joes, we are excited to be able to fund:
- PPE and refreshments for all participants at summer clean-ups
- An in-park storage container for FOSNP program supplies
- Some small and socially-distanced park programming in 2020
- Larger free public programs post-COVID