An interesting tour from the former director of Green Guerillas, and longtime board member of the American Community Gardening Association
Clinton Community Garden
... from BATTERY PARK CITY PARKS CONSERVANCY
"The 16-Year Green Experiment"
DATE: Sunday, May 16
TIME: 2 PM
PLACE: The Real World
Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
Battery Park City, Lower Manhattan
(access: Chambers Street)
SUBWAY: 1, 9, 2, 3, A, C or E to Chambers Street
4, 5, 6, J, M or Z to Brooklyn Bridge
N or R to City Hall
INFO: 212.267.9700 or www.bpcparks.org
Battery Park City Parks Conservancy (BPCPC) operates and maintains the 36 acres of gardens, parks, promenades in Battery Park City, hailed by Landscape Architecture (February 2004) as "one of the most exciting urban developments of our time."
Join BPCPC executive director Tessa Huxley for a walking tour about the Conservancy's innovative and environmentally responsible work practices and the behind the scene lessons learned from them.
A model of alternative parks management, BPCPC's sustainable landscape maintenance techniques rely on nontoxic pesticides, beneficial insects and organic fertilizers. Using non-toxic or the least toxic materials available, BPCPC's holistic practices are employed throughout the parks from the cleaning of BPC's public art to snow removal (a combination of sand and low sodium snowmelt that contains two-third less salt than most commercial brands). BPCPC's staff of 86 year round employees swells to 145 from May through October.
Subject of the lead article in the New York Times' City Section (Sunday, March 14, 2004), Huxley is a former director of the Green Guerillas and, in 1979, a co-founder and past president of the American Community Gardening Association. A graduate of Hampshire College and a 1986-87 Loeb Fellow at the Harvard School of Design, Huxley has been BPCPC's executive director since 1988.
Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, the non-profit organization that operates and maintains the parks of Battery Park City, offers over 900 free events and recreational activities for families, children, teens, and adults from May 1 through October 31. For a 2004 program calendar, call 212.267.9700 or e-mail INFO@BPCPARKS.ORG.