Open House GCEF: Come and Learn How to Get Involved in “Greening” Greenpoint Neighborhoods

Have you ever heard of the “Soil Cycle!” a way to peddle-power your food waste into compost? Did you know there are 80 different varieties of cabbage you can plant at McCarren Park, or that McGolrick Park is getting a new dog run? Have you been meaning forever to get on a canoe and learn about Newtown Creek? If any of these peak your interest, come explore greening activities at Open House GCEF!

We’ve been writing for a while about all the important work going on in Greenpoint to keep the neighborhood “green.” Now, instead of just reading about the work, here’s a chance to come out and be a part of the story!

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The events will be held at four different sites: McCarren Park, McGolrick Park, Newtown Creek, and the Kingsland Wildflowers Rooftop. The programs will run concurrently, and will operate with an informal “just show up” policy. No registration is required to volunteer for the programs or to participate in any of the activities or discussions. Open House GCEF has an exciting agenda planned, so come hang out at one site, or jump around to all four.


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The McGolrick Park site will focus on the Park’s Restoration process, as well as the Native Pollinator Garden and new dog park run. They have several featured demos planned including:  a tree identification workshop, conducted by Audubon NY at PS 110 The Monitor School; information about the Greenpoint Parks Community Stewardship Program and Friends Group recruitment put on by the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance; and trees will be planted in through Greening Greenpoint’s urban forestry plan.


Events at Newtown Creek will be held both in the neighborhood and down at the water’s edge. Activities include the rollout of the Newtown Creek Wildflower Roof and Community Space, and a talk about urban birds and green spaces by NYC Audubon. On the water, there will be a walking tour of Newtown Creek and it’s connection to the Wildflower Roof (part of Open House GCEF and Open House NY).  “Ed Shed” will exhibit photos and videos, as well as run interactive touch tanks and have canoes available. In addition, come learn about the water sampling program with LaGuardia Community College. Other things to explore include the Intertidal Wetlands Project, the Floating Classrooms on Greenpoint’s Waterways, and The Living Dock.


(The “Soil Cycle” in full swing)

The last site, McCarren Park, will feature the Soil Cycle, Come see the amazing composting bike in action. There will also be a partial installation of the McCarren Park Urban Farm and Green Infrastructure Corridor, as well as information on the Brooklyn Native Wildlife Restoration Project at MS 126K.

There’s a little something for everyone. Fun and educational activities, displays and discussions abound, so grab your friends or your family and come be a part of the greening of Greenpoint! See the Open House GCEF pdf for all details.