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Parks & Recreation

Community Environment Committee Meeting Tonight

All are welcome to join CB14′s Community Environment Committee for a meeting this evening, Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 7 PM for a report on Playgrounds, Parks and Green Streets, along with an update on Department of Parks and Recreation Programs from Macceau Médozile, Districts 14 & 19 Parks Department Manager. The meeting will be held at the Brooklyn Community Board 14 District Office located at 810 East 16th Street. For more information, contact the CB14 District Office at 718-859-6357 or info@cb14brooklyn.com.

Brooklyn Tree Giveaways

Saturday, March 15, 2014
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – 
register HERE!
Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St., Brooklyn

Pick up a free tree! In partnership with community organizations in Brooklyn, NYRP is giving away trees. NYC residents can pick up free trees and learn how to plant and care for them. A limited quantity of trees will be available on a first come, first served basis. For more information about our tree giveaways contact us at info@nyrp.org or 212-333-2552. For a list of all the Spring 2014 Brooklyn Tree Giveaway locations, Click Here.

Mulchfest 2014

Treecycle!

MulchFest 2014: Recycle your holiday tree!
Curbside Pick Up:  through Wed., Jan. 15, 2014

Leave your holiday tree out for pickup through this Wednesday, January 15, 2014. The drop-off locations are now closed. (more…)

Partnerships for Parks Conference 2013

DATE: Saturday, November 16, 2013
TIME: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
LOCATION: NYU School of Law in Manhattan (map link)

Partnerships for Parks is hosting a conference with a focus on how NYC’s community park groups can improve quality of life and strengthen our neighborhoods. To visit the event website and to register for the conference, CLICK HERE. All are welcome to attend! (more…)

Donate to Support NYC Trees

Hurricane Sandy wrought damage of historic proportions to New York City’s green spaces. The latest count shows that the five boroughs lost over 9,000 city-owned street trees, plus many thousands of private trees. Your donation will help to re-green our city!  Check out the great work being done in our area by the New York Restoration Project & the Prospect Park Alliance. Click the links above for more information and to make a donation today.

Volunteer with Campus Road Trees

Campus Road Trees is seeking volunteers for this
Friday, October 12th
& Saturday, October 13th
.

All tools, materials and water will be provided. For arrival times and location, email campusroadtrees@gmail.com or call Victoria Gagliano at 917-861-9592.

Compost for Brooklyn – Closed for Season

Open Hours Suspended after Sunday, 10/28

After well over two years of uninterrupted and very productive use, the C4B compost system, located at Newkirk Avenue and East 8th Street, is in need of repairs and renovations. Open hours will be temporarily suspended while the infrastructure is upgraded. Assuming agreeable weather, the last open hours for the fall of 2012 are Sunday, October 28, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. (more…)

Campus Road Tree Care Event

Come out and support Campus Road Trees!

When: Saturday, July 28th, 10 AM – 3 PM
Where: Campus Road between Ave. H and E. 21st St.
What: Projects for Kids from 10 AM – 12 PM including planting in upcycled containers and making leaf rubbings. The Stew Wagon will be bringing mulch to spread on tree beds between 12 -3 PM. CLICK HERE to see the flyer!
All ages are welcome!
  RSVP: campusroadtrees@gmail.com or 917-861-9592.

Summer is here, and the trees are thirsty! Give a Little “TreeLC” and water a tree in your neighborhood! The Parks Department is encouraging New Yorkers to support your local trees! A young tree needs about 15-20 gallons of water per week.
CLICK HERE to check out the watering campaign toolkit.

200 Free Trees – Sunday, June 3

Winter Jam NYC – Cancelled

Cancelled

Due to the unusually warm weather, the Parks Department has had to cancel Winter Jam 2012.  It is too warm to make snow which was the foundation for almost all of the planned activities.

Winter Jam has been an official NYC Parks tradition for the past ten years, and has afforded thousands of New Yorkers the opportunity to try out winter sports for free.  We are grateful to our partners and sponsors for their support.  We hope that next winter’s weather patterns are frostier!

NYC Parks encourages you to still get outdoors this month by visiting one of the six skating rinks in City parks, or checking out a nature program offered by the Urban Park Rangers.

For more information about things to do in our parks or in our recreation centers, explore the rest of our website or call 311.

Originally scheduled for:
Saturday, February 4, 2012
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Long Meadow by the Picnic House
Enter at 3rd St. & Prospect Park W.

 

Christmas Tree Mulchfest 2012

 

 

Chip in! Mulch your tree! Help NYC grow!

Bring your holiday tree to a designated city park to be recycled into mulch that will nourish plantings across the city!  The designated tree chipping site within Brooklyn’s Community District 14 is Prospect Park Circle at Parkside Avenue and Prospect Park Southwest. You can bring your tree to any chipping location throughout the five boroughs on January 7 and 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For those with a green thumb, you can even take home your very own bag of mulch to use in your backyard garden or to make a winter bed for a street tree.

The NYC Department of Sanitation will also be conducting special curbside collections for mulching and recycling of Christmas trees from January 3 through January 14. Leave your unwrapped, undecorated tree on the curb and the Department of Sanitation will arrange a pick-up by Saturday, January 14th.

Join the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the New York City Department of Sanitation, and GreeNYC in this citywide green effort! Last year, close to 17,000 Christmas trees were recycled. Please help us top this number!

Want to volunteer at MulchFest? Register to join the GreenTeam and MillionTreesNYC volunteer group.

Prospect Park Community Committee Meeting

All are invited to attend the first Prospect Park Community Committee Meeting of 2012. Christian Zimmerman, Vice President of Design and Construction, will provide an update on all capital projects in the park, as well as discuss a possible future project on the East side of Prospect Park.
Please RSVP to Eric Landau if you wish to attend.

What: Prospect Park Community Committee Meeting

When: Wednesday, January 17, 2012, 6 pm

Where: Litchfield Villa Conference Room, Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Contact: Eric Landau, elandau@prospectpark.org, 718-965-8953

It’s My Park Day – Saturday, May 21st

Each It’s My Park Day, thousands of New Yorkers come together to volunteer and celebrate their neighborhood parks at parks and public spaces throughout the five boroughs!

Our next It’s My Park Day will be on Saturday, May 21, 2011. Browse some of the highlighted projects coming to a park near you!

For more information, visit the Partnership for Parks site.

 

Coney Island 2011 Season Workforce Outreach: Job Opportunities Available

The Coney Island Development Corporation, in coordination with the Office of Councilman Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., local community-based organizations and local elected representatives, is currently recruiting for job opportunities in Coney Island for this coming season.

Central Amusement International and Sodexo are currently seeking qualified candidates for full- and part-time seasonal positions at Luna Park, the Cyclone Rollercoaster, and the new Scream Zone. Available positions include:

• Customer Service/Retail
• Event Staff
• Food & Beverage Service
• Grounds Maintenance
• Park Services
• Party Hosts & Entertainment
• Ride and Game Operations

For more information or to apply, please attend one of three pre-screening events planned for later this month:

Thursday, March 10; 2pm-8pm
Education Hall, New York Aquarium, 602 Surf Avenue

Saturday, March 12; 10am-3pm
Carey Gardens Community Center, 2315 Surf Avenue

Wednesday, March 16; 10am-5pm
MCU Park, 1904 Surf Avenue

Please spread the word regarding this important workforce outreach initiative to anyone who might be interested. You can visit CIDC’s website or download a flyer with more information, or you can contact the CIDC at info@thecidc.org or 212-312-4233.

Sustainable Flatbush Presents “How to Fix Your Home and Save on Energy Bills”

Sustainable Flatbush is hosting an event and workshop on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 to present information on the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). This federally-funded program provides home improvements that reduce energy bills by an average of 32%, while at the same time improving health, safety and comfort, all at NO COST to income-eligible homeowners and tenants. Although the Weatherization Assistance Program has existed for over 30 years, it is not well-known or understood. The purpose of this event is to connect Flatbush residents with the program’s benefits.

The primary goal of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is to help low-income families reduce energy consumption and costs. Weatherization can include some or all of the following:

Most importantly, Weatherization means:

Income-qualified homeowners receive these benefits at NO COST. Weatherization not only lowers energy bills, it also benefits all Brooklynites by reducing pollution, upgrading housing stock, and decreasing New York City’s carbon footprint.

Co-sponsored by Pastor Gil Monrose’s Brooklyn Center for Quality Life and NYC Councilmember Jumaane D. Williams, the event is being held at Mt. Zion Church of God, 203 East 37th Street, between Church Avenue and Linden Boulevard, from 7 – 9 p.m. Representatives from Community Environmental Center (CEC) will be on hand to discuss details of WAP, assist participants to determine whether they qualify, and help them enroll in the program by completing the application process.

CEC, a Long Island City-based non-profit, was founded in 1994 to address the housing and energy efficiency needs of low- and middle-income communities. Through its partnership with CEC, Sustainable Flatbush is able to provide the resources to inform Brooklyn residents about subsidized opportunities to make their homes more energy efficient. Although the focus of this event is 1-4 family owner-occupied homes, information will also be available on other energy efficiency programs and subsidies.

Sustainable Flatbush, established in 2007, is a grassroots community-based organization that brings neighbors together to mobilize, educate, and advocate for sustainable living in our Brooklyn neighborhood and beyond. SF’s Energy Solutions Initiative provides information and resources to bring the benefits of energy efficiency to our community in central Brooklyn.

Refreshments will be served.
Free energy-saving lightbulbs will be available to the first 40 participants, courtesy of Beam NY

WHAT:
How to Fix Your Home and Save on Energy Bills

WHERE:
Mt. Zion Church of God
203 East 37th Street (between Church Avenue and Linden Boulevard)
Brooklyn, NY

WHEN:
Tuesday, March 8th from 7-9pm

Sustainable Flatbush Presents Third Annual “Greening Flatbush” on Sunday, February 27

“Greening Flatbush: Garden Where You Are” is an afternoon of short demonstrations and fun, practical hands-on workshops. Presentations will include:

•    Start Your Own Seedlings
•    How to Cultivate Edible Mushrooms in Your Apartment
•    Church Avenue Communal Garden
•    Flatbush Farm Share CSA
•    Compost for Brooklyn!
•    Gardening for Children
•    Lefferts Community Food Coop
•    Worm Bin Composting
•    Vertical Gardening

and more! We will also have an information table featuring sustainability education opportunities specifically for youth.

“Garden is a verb,” says Chris Kreussling, director of Sustainable Flatbush’s Urban Gardens & Farms Initiative, which is sponsoring the event. “It’s not just a place you visit. It’s something you do.” The Urban Gardens and Farms Initiative is centered on modeling sustainable horticulture practices, promoting urban agriculture and food sovereignty, and building community through neighborhood gardening and beautification.

Sustainable Flatbush programs provide opportunities for residents to learn about and get involved in working toward the goal of a sustainable neighborhood, while simultaneously building community and fostering local self-sufficiency.

“Hearing about what others are already doing can inspire people to work with their neighbors to take action,” says Kreussling, who also authors the local gardening blog, Flatbush Gardener . “We want to build community through gardening.”

Snacks and coffee will be available, please bring your own mug!

WHAT:
Greening Flatbush: Garden Where You Are

WHEN:
Sunday, February 27, from 2:00 to 5:00pm

WHERE:
Flatbush YMCA, 1401 Flatbush Avenue, located near the intersections of Farragut Road and Rogers Avenue.
Take the 2 train to Newkirk Ave, or the B41 bus along Flatbush Ave.

A $5 suggested donation includes 1 raffle ticket.

Space is limited. To register, go to http://www.sustainableflatbush.org/greeningflatbush.

If you have questions about this event, please email info@sustainableflatbush.org.
To volunteer with Sustainable Flatbush, please email volunteer@sustainableflatbush.org.

CB14′s Getting Greener! Fall 2010 Street Tree Planting List Released

CB14 just received the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation Fall 2010 Street Tree Planting schedule, including the locations where new street trees will be planted in Community District 14.  For your convenience, we have produced the map below to help you see if a location near you has been selected for this fall. Parks has also informed us that there will be even more trees planted in the Spring of 2011.


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PS 193 Schoolyard To Playground Project Completed

CB14 has learned that, as part of the PlaNYC Schoolyards to Playgrounds initiative, the PS 193 schoolyard has opened to the public.

PS 193
2515 Avenue L
Brooklyn, NY 11210

The community-designed playground helps achieve Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC Open Space goal of bringing all New Yorkers within a 10-minute walk of a park. 164 of these playgrounds have opened to date out of 257 that will open by 2013.

Please help keep the new playground safe by respecting its rules and hours. The schoolyard is open to the public from the end of the school day until dusk on weekdays and from 8 a.m. until dusk during the weekends, holidays, and summer.  The PS 193 custodial staff will be in charge of maintaining the new space. Please encourage your children and neighbors to help us keep the playground clean by picking up litter and by reviewing the rules with them. If you see any inappropriate behavior inside the playground, we ask that you call your local police precinct or 311. Violators of the rules are subject to summons and or arrest by the NYPD.

This playground is a fantastic addition to our community for learning and play. Let’s work together to keep it clean and safe for all to enjoy for many years to come.

The partners of the PlaNYC Schoolyards to Playgrounds initiative are proud to announce that PS 193 schoolyard has opened to the public.

PS 193

2515 Avenue L

Brooklyn, NY 11210

The community-designed playground helps achieve Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC Open Space goal of bringing all New Yorkers within a 10-minute walk of a park. 164 of these playgrounds have opened to date out of 257 that will open by 2013.

Please help keep the new playground safe by respecting its rules and hours. The schoolyard is open to the public from

The partners of the PlaNYC Schoolyards to Playgrounds initiative are proud to announce that PS 193 schoolyard has opened to the public.

PS 193

2515 Avenue L

Brooklyn, NY 11210

The community-designed playground helps achieve Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC Open Space goal of bringing all New Yorkers within a 10-minute walk of a park. 164 of these playgrounds have opened to date out of 257 that will open by 2013.

Please help keep the new playground safe by respecting its rules and hours. The schoolyard is open to the public from the end of the school day until dusk on weekdays and from 8 a.m. until dusk during the weekends, holidays, and summer.  The PS 193 custodial staff will be in charge of maintaining the new space. Please encourage your children and neighbors to help us keep the playground clean by picking up litter and by reviewing the rules with them. If you see any inappropriate behavior inside the playground, we ask that you call your local police precinct or 311. Violators of the rules are subject to summons and or arrest by the NYPD.

This playground is a fantastic addition to our community for learning and play. Let’s work together to keep it clean and safe for all to enjoy for many years to come.

the end of the school day until dusk on weekdays and from 8 a.m. until dusk during the weekends, holidays, and summer.  The PS 193 custodial staff will be in charge of maintaining the new space. Please encourage your children and neighbors to help us keep the playground clean by picking up litter and by reviewing the rules with them. If you see any inappropriate behavior inside the playground, we ask that you call your local police precinct or 311. Violators of the rules are subject to summons and or arrest by the NYPD.

This playground is a fantastic addition to our community for learning and play. Let’s work together to keep it clean and safe for all to enjoy for many years to come.

Project LeafDrop 2010 Helps New Yorkers Divert Leaves from the Trash Bin to the Compost Bin

Project LeafDrop, a lively coalition of community garden, open space and greening groups, and other community partners are dedicated to reducing usable organic materials in the City’s wastestream. They are working together to direct fallen leaves from the trash bin to the compost bin.  Last year, residents throughout the City brought over 8 tons of leaves to Project LeafDrop sites…leaves that would otherwise be part of the 20,000 tons of leaves that go into the City’s already-overburdened landfills.  Savvy community gardeners turned them into beautiful, rich compost and mulch for garden beds and hungry street trees.  As more sites are joining the project, they expect to do even better, this year.

Project LeafDrop 2010 sites welcome neighborhood residents to bring their bagged leaves (in clear plastic or paper bags without twigs or trash!) to the following participating sites:

Sustainable Flatbush’s Church Avenue Communal Garden – Flatbush
Flatbush Ave. & Church Ave. bordered by E. 21st St. & Kenmore Terrace. Accepting leaves 11 AM – 1 PM on Saturdays: Nov. 6 and Nov. 13.

Compost for Brooklyn – Kensington/Ditmas Park
Newkirk Ave. & E. 8th St.  Accepting leaves from 3 PM-6 PM on Sundays: Oct. 31 and  Nov. 7, 14 and 21

kers divert leaves from the trash bin to the compost bin

Congratulations to Vanderveer Place, the Greenest Block in Brooklyn

Community Board 14 is honored and proud to announce that Vanderveer Place between Flatbush Avenue and East 23rd Street has been chosen as the Greenest Block in Brooklyn!

The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and the Brooklyn Community Foundation, along with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, presented the Vanderveer Block Association President Olivia Avery with the award earlier this morning.

“It’s a little piece of heaven in the concrete jungle,” said Yvonne Murray, Vice President of the Block Association, beaming with pride at her verdant oasis.

Last Chance To Request Street Trees for Fall 2010 Planting Cycle

CB14 will be submitting its list for FREE street tree plantings for the Fall 2010 planting cycle by this Friday, July 30th. If you are interested in requesting that the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation plant a street tree on your block, please complete this form and submit it to us before noon, Friday, July 30th.

CB14/CB7/DOT Park Circle Walkthrough

Title: CB14/CB7/DOT Park Circle Walkthrough
Start Date: 2010-06-09
***WRITE AFTER HERE***

Wednesday, June 9, 2010, CB14/CB7/DOT Park Circle Walkthrough, Park Circle @ Coney Island Ave., 6PM
Representatives of the New York City Department of Transportation, in concert with CB14 and CB7, will be conducting a walkthrough of the recently implemented traffic improvements at Park Circle. Members of the public are invited to attend.

NYC TreeCycle – Mulchfest 2010

Chip in! Mulch your tree! Help NYC grow!
Saturday, January 9 and Sunday, January 10, 2010
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Bring your holiday tree to a designated city park to be recycled into mulch that will nourish plantings across the city! Remember to remove all lights and ornaments before bringing the tree to a MulchFest site.

The chipping location for CB14 is Prospect Park at Parkside Avenue and Prospect Park Southwest.

For all locations in the City of New Year and more information, visit the Mulchfest 2010 site.

Street Tree Pruning Schedule

As a result of the many inquiries to our office about tree pruning schedules, we have asked the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation for a schedule of street tree prunings in our district.  The frequency for regular street tree pruning has been decreased from every 7 years to every 10 years.  Click the map below to see when your block is scheduled for its next pruning.

CB14 Street Tree Pruning Map

Youth Employment Opportunity with Parks & Recreation

Community Board 14 was recently informed about the following opportunity for young people to apply for jobs with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation:

What is the MillionTreesNYC Training Program?

 Recognizing the MANY benefits trees provide New York City’s residents, neighborhoods and environment, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and the New York Restoration Project created the MillionTreesNYC tree planting and stewardship initiative that established the goal of planting one million new trees throughout the City’s five boroughs by 2017. In order to make this a reality, MillionTreesNYC started a 7-month “green-collar” job training program that will produce a class of highly trained green professionals. The program begins on October 5, 2009 and runs through April 2009. Trainees will work 33 hours a week, from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm, and will earn $10.24 per hour.

Download Application: Due July 31, 2009

Download Flyer

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