Alderton Garden

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.

First Glance
First Glance

There was a 700 square foot space filled with garbage. Several vagrants had settled into the space and were using drugs. Many adults and children would pass by this space while on their way to and from school/work.

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Why did this space look like this?
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.

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Daffodil Hill
Daffodil Hill

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.

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First Glance
First Glance

There was a 700 square foot space filled with garbage. Several vagrants had settled into the space and were using drugs. Many adults and children would pass by this space while on their way to and from school/work.

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