We’ve got a lot to be thankful for in 2016—new partnerships with great neighbors like Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Kickstarter, and The Brooklyn Hospital; our biggest programming season ever, with over 60 free events; and the completion of our first capital project on Washington Park. All of this, in what was just our first year as a staffed organization. As a new year approaches, we know that we will still need to provide critical resources for the work that needs to be done in Fort Greene Park in 2017. So at our Third Annual Tree Lighting this weekend with the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership, we asked Santa for a few things below that we would really, really love to find under the tree this year.
FGPC’s Holiday Wish List
1. Volunteer Support
While a tremendous amount of work was completed in the park this year, the next challenge of maintaining new assets begins now. Without a designated gardener, NYC Parks staff need our support to help maintain Fort Greene Park’s 38 garden beds. This year, our Volunteer Gardeners program helped make sure that many of the new plants in the Willoughby landscape stood a fighting chance.
To make sure progress continues in 2017, we will recruit yet another class of Volunteer Gardeners in the spring and increase our direct financial support to park maintenance, ensuring that tour team has the tools and plant materials they’ll need to make the greatest impact they can. With your support, will be able to empower even more volunteers to ensure the park’s landscape is kept in tip-top shape.
2. Weekend Kids Concerts
Serving over 4,200 children, parents, and caretakers annually, our Music in the Grove: Kids Concerts are one of the most important (and most adorable) ways we activate spaces in Fort Greene Park. As Music in the Grove enters its seventh year, we’re thinking about how we can make it even better. For 2017, we told Santa that we want to be able to launch a weekend concert series as well.
Right now, we’re planning on offering two additional concerts on Sunday afternoons to make sure that children and families who can’t make Wednesdays also have the opportunity to enjoy our concerts. With your support, we will be able to bring music, community, and summer fun to over 1,200 more children.
3. A Great Year for Membership
Building a successful membership program is going to be key to our ability to provide important year-round support to Fort Greene Park. This year we’re asking Santa and his helpers to lend a hand in spreading the word about the most exciting new way of joining the Fort Greene Park Community.
We thought long and hard about the kinds of benefits our neighbors would get excited about—early registration to special FGPC events, access to our 2017 summer members picnic, special tours of Fort Greene Park, and the chance to win prizes from local businesses and partners in our monthly raffles are just some of special things that members will enjoy. We hope that this new program will help members find even more to love about our community, and offer the most engaging way of supporting Fort Greene Park yet. With your support as a member, we will be able to grow the FGPC community and support all aspects of our mission.
4. More Capital Allocations for Fort Greene Park
The Conservancy is working tirelessly to collaborate and partner with city, state, and federal governments to see that our park continues to see the investment that it needs and deserves. The $13 Million that Parks Without Borders, Borough President Eric Adams, and Council Member Cumbo have committed to Fort Greene Park in just the last two years will help alleviate some of the most pressing infrastructure issues we face, but there’s still more work to be done. In fact, we’re even hiring another staff member in 2017, so that our staff can work twice as tirelessly. We know that the same advocacy work that helped bring the first $13 Million to Fort Greene Park will bring the next $13 Million, and the next installment after that. With your support, we will be able to show our stakeholders that you care and want to see us work towards a more finished park.
We want to know if we can count on you to help make 2016 the best holiday season yet for Fort Greene Park. With more ways to give than ever before, there’s never been a better time than now.
Wishing you all the happiest of holidays!
Fort Greene Park Conservancy