How does a 700 square foot eyesore become a garden? Read on to learn how and understand the issues facing the community and how they were resolved.
Why did this space look like this?
People threw garbage on the ground as they walked by. Debris from the nearby CVS would collect around the shrubbery. The space is owned by the Department of Transportation, making it necessary to call 311 to have it cleaned. Because the space was not on their weekly cleanup route, it usually took 4-6 months before someone would come to clean it. By then, garbage would settle again and the vagrants who left would return.
In the fall, the Rego Park Green Alliance had a community planting day. The community planted 800 daffodils on the east side of the space in the hopes of creating a daffodil hill in the spring, and of getting a new group of people to give their time to keeping the space clean.