Spring Has Sprung in McGolrick Park! Flowers and Fun Forthcoming!

by Holly Fairall on

Old man winter may be extending his stay a bit longer, but the perennials of McGolrick Park don’t seem to mind. The tiny daffodil and tulip sprouts throughout the park are a welcome sight and a wonderful reminder of the McGolrick Park’s beauty when in full bloom.

As many residents of the McGolrick Park area know, the park has seen some rough times over the past two years. Vandalism, disrepair, maintenance issues and a strong homeless presence have detracted from the grandeur of this Greenpoint gem. But thanks to the active support of the Open Space Alliance, McGolrick Park has made an amazing recovery over this winter. If you haven’t been by the park in a while, you’d be surprised at the current level of cleanliness and upkeep compared to the park’s appearance at this time last year. The park looks healthy and happy again, even in the dead of winter. This is largely due to OSA’s gardener Jason and the work of his committed and talented crew. With the Parks’ Department’s budget continually being slashed, OSA’s presence in McGolrick Park has been the hand-up needed to bring the park back to life.

© 2013 Holly Fairall. Used with permission.

© 2013 Holly Fairall. Used with permission.

OSA’s support for our park has also inspired a movement of “paying it forward” for this Greenpoint community. Now that the major hurdles of park maintenance have been overcome, the community is showing a renewed interest in the preservation of this open space and in finding new ways to use the park for neighborhood fellowship and fun.

On Saturday March 30 at 11:00am: Town Square, The Friends of McGolrick Park, and OSA are sponsoring the 2nd Annual McGolrick Park Egg Hunt. This event will offer music, arts and crafts, prizes and raffles, and egg hunts of course, for a $5 fee (babies under 1 free). Pack a picnic lunch and celebrate the start of spring!

On Saturday April 20 (time to be determined): Town Square, The Friends of McGolrick Park, and OSA are hosting a Fence Painting Event & Volunteer Lunch. The fences of McGolrick Park are in dire need of some fresh paint and it’s going to take a lot of hands to get this project done. So put on your coveralls and join us! The Friends of McGolrick Park will use this event as an opportunity to thank the OSA and park staffs who have been caring for the park throughout the winter (as well as fence painting volunteers) with a community lunch. Additionally, Letters to Our Heroes is a soldier support organization founded by Greenpoint teen Karolina Stypulkowski.The group will have a table set up in the playground where people can make cards to send to our soldiers and/or drop off items for care packages.

Through collaboration, The Friends of McGolrick Park, Town Square, and OSA are planning to bring monthly and bi-weekly events and programming to McGolrick Park throughout the spring and summer. A new day is dawning for our beloved park, so please come visit! Enjoy the myriad of springtime flowers that will soon be blooming, take advantage of upcoming community events in the park, and consider volunteering so that we can continue to make McGolrick Park the healthiest and happiest it can be.

For more information about McGolrick Park events, volunteering, or how to make a tax-deductible donation, contact info@friendsofmcgolrickpark.org or info@townsquareinc.com, and visit The Friends of McGolrick Park/Winthrop Park on Facebook.

Holly Fairall

Holly Fairall

Holly Fairall is a Greenpoint mom, who has lived in the McGolrick Park area for 10 years. In her younger days, Holly taught English and French at Bushwick Outreach Center, followed by eight years of professional modeling (How's that for a career change?). These days Holly serves as a McGolrick Park advocate, while running her own business - Holly's HeART by Hand, eco-friendly greeting cards and fine art. . . made with heart and by hand in Brooklyn, NY.
  • Holly Fairall

    Holly Fairall commented:

    Just wanted to make an addendum to this article: The two primary OSA staffers who are responsible for McGolrick’s transformation are Jason Altoro who has been with OSA since November 2012, and Jose Calderon who has been working for OSA for two years. Thank you Jason and Jose, you’re doing a great job!

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  • Heather Van De Mark

    heather commented:

    Hey Holly – if people want to come volunteer to paint fences, should they RSVP somewhere or just show up?

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  • Holly Fairall

    Holly Fairall commented:

    For more info on volunteering opportunities in McGolrick Park, please join The Friends of McGolrick/Winthrop Park Facebook page. We will post more specific info (times, duties, etc.) about the 4/20 fence painting as soon as possible. THANKS!

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