On Thursday, July 19, 2018, Governor Andrew Cuomo visited 1100 Block Bergen Street Community Garden for a special program to announce to the community the next steps being taken for the Vital Brooklyn initiative. Eight BQLT gardenswill receive funding to install city water systems in this phase.
Almost two dozen community gardens will receive an essential on-site water source that will improve the vibrancy of the gardens, and allow for easier access to consistent water throughout the year. In addition to the direct water connection eight community gardens will also each receive several additional upgrades that may include shade structures, new raised beds, paving, fencing and/or sidewalk, solar installation and upgraded compost system and comfort facilities. This is among other investments to Central Brooklyn that aim to improve the quality of living including: healthcare, safety provisions, healthy food access, and more.
The Governor plans to invest $1.4 billion into this community development and wellness model, and the project will span over 5 years (until 2021). The BQLT gardens to receive water systems by the end of 2018 are:
1100 Block Bergen Street Community Garden | 1107 Bergen Street
Concerned Citizens of Grove St. Community Garden | 72 Grove Street
Heaven's Gate Garden | 169-171 Hart Street
Patchen Avenue Garden | 49 Patchen Avenue
St. John's Place Renaissance Garden | 1642 St. John's Place
Sheffield Garden | 673 Sheffield Avenue
United Herkimer Garden Club | 97 Herkimer Street
Westbrook Memorial Garden | 1233 Pacific Street
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