Quality of Life
Bronx River Alliance ~~ Although the Bronx River is the only freshwater
river in New York City, and therefore a vital environmental and recreational
resource for the borough, inadequate attention and long-term barriers to access
have prevented it from fulfilling its great potential. The Bronx River Alliance,
a partnership of community, governmental and environmental organizations, aims
to restore the river and its rightful place in the public eye.
MPC is a founding partner in the Alliance and has been involved with promoting
the Alliance; involved students from the Bronx Aerospace Academy, hosted in
nearby Evander Childs High School; the Green Teens from Walton High School; and
Summer Youth workers.
Friends of Van Cortlandt Park ~~ Van Cortlandt Park borders MPC’s Norwood
neighborhood and is a partner with MPC and the Jerome-Gun Hill BID in
maintaining the southeast corner of the park. The recently opened Sakharah Woods
playground (picture) is the latest development in what is New York City’s third
largest park. MPC works with the Friends, teen program and supports restoration
and outreach efforts.
Sustainable South Bronx ~~ SSB’s Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training
program (BEST) provides emerging horticulture experts to work in the various
parks. They are trained in environmental justice, horticulture techniques and
job skills. Part of their training includes being placed in various horticulture
spots throughout the Bronx. MPC works with these groups periodically as they
provide basic maintenance or help with specific projects as determined by our
Fordham University ~~ Fordham University has proven to be a great
resource for our various horticulture and intern activities. Urban Plunge, a
Fordham freshman orientation activity, is a series of days that students engage
in volunteer efforts throughout the northwest Bronx. MPC has worked with Urban
Plunge students to plant daffodils and provide erosion control techniques
through cribbing the sides of Williamsbridge Oval, among other activities.
Currently, Fordham student group Parks Action for the City of New York has
adopted the “gully,” or the southern tip of Mosholu Parkway. This group will
provide general maintenance such as maintaining beds, weeding, and specific
activities, such as planting daffodils in the terraced areas of the gully.
Mosholu Montefiore Community Center’s Summer Youth Employment Program ~~
MMCC places over 2,000 youth in jobs throughout the Bronx during July and August
with the Summer Youth Employment Program. MPC is a site, where up to 30 youth
are placed. The youth are divided into several groups of five, each with a
college aged mentor, and they work Williamsbridge Oval, St. James, Poe parks,
and Mosholu Parkway. They provide general maintenance, but also do specific
projects as directed by park gardeners or as situations arise.
Friends of Williamsbridge Oval ~~ Community members who are active in
Williamsbridge Oval Park’s activities and events. Past activities include
working with the Parks Department in planning renovation activities for the
Oval, working with Department of Transportation and Parks regarding street
safety on the perimeter of the park, and engaging in park volunteer work days.
New York City Parks Department ~~ The Parks Department is an integral
part of the Horticulture program. We work directly with park gardeners and staff
in all of our parks activities.
NYC Green AppleCorps Program ~~ An AmeriCorps program dedicated to
environmental issues. This group was pivotal in an “erosion control blitz week”
in October of 2007. We look forward to working more with them.
Partnership for Parks ~~ Twice a year, Partnership for Parks hosts It’s
My Park Day!, a citywide event that encourages New Yorkers to celebrate their
parks by volunteering a day of cleanup, special projects, and planting, among
the various activities. MPC celebrates It’s My Park Day!, at Williamsbridge Oval
with the Friends of Williamsbridge Oval, local public school groups, Fordham
University and community volunteers. It gives us a chance to get to know each
other and work on beautifying the parks.
High School Teams ~~ MPC is happy to work with groups or individuals from
the local schools. Here is a list of schools we’ve worked with and a brief
description of their activities.
• Walton Green Teens ~~ Cleaning up Mosholu Parkway and part
“erosion control blitz” at Williamsbridge Oval
• DeWitt Clinton ROTC ~~ Erosion Control at Williamsbridge Oval
• MS 80 ~~ Volunteering at It’s My Park Day!
Other groups ~~ we are happy to work with interested groups. A couple of
corporate volunteer days are briefly noted below:
• PepsiCo ~~ The volunteer efforts this day included park
beautification, such as painting and displaying signs throughout
• Citigroup ~~ This end of the season volunteer day included
maintenance/preparation for winter freeze activities.