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STATEN ISLAND

Westervelt
Community Garden

143 Westervelt Avenue
(between Curtis Place and Cleveland Street)

Staten Island, New York

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HOURS

All NYRP community gardens must hold a minimum of 20 open hours per week. Please check the bulletin board at the garden for times and details. 

 

Garden COordinators

Dan & Nana Chilton

 


 

Founded in 1985, the Westervelt Community Garden is an important neighborhood resource.  In the front of the garden, mature trees provide shade for local residents and visitors, while resourceful local gardeners grow vegetables and herbs – including peppers, eggplant, basil and parsley. A picnic table and grill in the back of the space make it an ideal location for barbeques and community gatherings.

Since taking over as the property’s caretaker in 1999, New York Restoration Project (NYRP) has made the space more accessible by replacing the sidewalk in front of the garden, creating an inviting entrance that incorporates wooden steps and adding a steel picket fence. Community gardeners continue to work with NYRP’s horticultural staff to plant native blueberry bushes and perennials. On-site green technologies include composting and rainwater harvesting systems. The community also holds regular meetings to organize both plantings and events in the garden, including Movie Nights and gardening workshops in partnership with NYRP.

To help ensure the garden continues to serve as an active green space and engages local residents for years to come, NYRP staff and horticulture crews work with community members to remove trash and provide ongoing maintenance, building assistance and plant material for the garden – including wood for raised planting beds, gardening tools, compost and vegetable seedlings.

This 3,432-square-foot garden is located in an ethnically rich and vibrant neighborhood of single-family homes whose residents are of diverse Anglo, Hispanic, African-American and Asian descent. It is one of only a handful of community gardens on Staten Island.