NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver announces that the New York City Community Gardening Coalition received a Community Development Block Grant from the Governor’s office of Storm Recovery. Here following are his remarks:
Good morning. On behalf of NYC Parks I’d like to congratulate Aziz and the New York City Community Gardening Coalition on receiving this Community Development Block Grant from the Governor’s office of Storm Recovery. Many thanks to the members of La Plaza Cultural Community Garden for hosting us here today. I’d also like to thank the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery for their support in all our efforts to create a more sustainable, resilient New York City.
The City is committed to strengthening our defenses against future storms and through Mayor de Blasio’s OneNYC plan, the City is working to strengthen our coastal defenses, expand green infrastructure and smart design for stormwater management, and reduce pollution from stormwater runoff.
Community gardens have been at the forefront of our work to increase access to beautiful green space and stewardship opportunities for more than 35 years. But our gardens do not only provide access to crucial open space, they also provide countless environmental benefits including helping to clean the air, providing fresh locally grown produce, and helping to reduce stormwater runoff.
NYC Parks’ GreenThumb is proud to assist in Gardens Rising and year round GreenThumb also provides programming and material support to more than 600 community gardens, 500 school gardens, and 20,000 garden members across all neighborhoods in New York City. It is GreenThumb’s primary mission to support our community gardens’ vital work in building and sustaining vibrant communities.
This grant will undoubtedly help to aid the Lower East Side in becoming a stronger and more resilient neighborhood.