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Before the Nat Turner Park became the green oasis that it is today, 18th Street in Newark’s Central Ward was a former industrial site -- vacant, barren and a trysting place for felons. Today, the park is where 2-year-old Nazir Tillery likes to stop and play with his mother before she proceeds to the bank or any of her errands. The Nat Turner Park is one of six playing fields that benefited from a $200,000 grant provided by Greater Newark LISC and the National Football League’s Community Football Fields Program. The amount of $200,000 was used to cover a portion of the construction and installation of a synthetic turf football field. Today, three schools – Central High School, Cleveland Avenue School and 18th Avenue School before it closed this year – have been using the park for soccer and football. The Pop Warner football league and other high schools around the city also use the field on a regular basis.
HANDS Inc. built a greenhouse in Orange more than two years ago. A second one located in the nearby Valley Arts District is in the works. A third greenhouse at the Orange High School is expected to be completed in November. What all this tells us is that the ‘greening’ of the city of Orange has begun. HANDS, a nonprofit involved with revitalizing distressed neighborhoods in Orange, partnered with Garden State Urban Farms (GSUF) to build the city’s first greenhouse. When it learned the summer farm was losing its location in Newark, HANDS founder and Executive Director Patrick Morrissy offered to build GSUF a 1,800 sq ft greenhouse in the Ironworks art studio. For two and a half years, GSUF has been growing micro green vegetables and selling to local restaurants to make into salads at farm markets across Orange. Learn more.
Photo: The GSUF built this hydroponic greenhouse with support from LISC community partner HANDS, Inc.
Greater Newark LISC has partnered with Partnering Community Centers (formerly Protestant Community Centers, Inc.) to provide afterschool homework assistance and tutoring to first graders at McKinley School, in Newark’s Lower Broadway neighborhood through its Suburban Cultural Educational Enrichment Program (SCEEP). Through LISC’s Building Sustainable Communities (BSC) program, this neighborhood, convened by La Casa de Don Pedro, produced a Quality of Life plan that identified access to quality education as one of four local priorities.. Click here for more.
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