NYRP Celebrates Expansion of 103rd Street Garden in East Harlem

The Walt Disney Company Funds Community Garden Expansion

NEW YORK, NY, June 14, 2016 - New York Restoration Project (NYRP), the Bette Midler-founded non-profit that transforms open spaces in under-resourced communities, is celebrating the expansion of its 103rd Street Community Garden in East Harlem (103rd Street). Accompanied by NYRP Executive Director, Deborah Marton, representatives from the garden sponsor, The Walt Disney Company, local community members, and elected officials, NYRP will officiate a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:30pm to mark the grand opening of the expanded public garden. The expansion adds 2,200 square feet to the garden bringing it to a total of 17,600 square feet, approximately ½ acre. This expansion includes a raised seating area that faces a renovated lawn and built pathway, a new patio area with shade structure and picnic tables creating more space for grilling and gathering, landscape plantings, and a new site for the composting toilet. As one of nine NYRP community gardens in a network of green spaces in East Harlem, 103rd Street will strengthen the social and environmental resilience in this area.

The renovation and expansion of 103rd Street is part of NYRP’s ongoing garden adoption campaign, Great Gardens for Great New Yorkers, which presents individuals and companies with the opportunity to sponsor the transformation and long-term maintenance of NYRP gardens in under-resourced communities throughout New York City. The Walt Disney Company adopted the garden in 2004 to fund its initial renovation and has provided additional support for a major upgrade in 2011 and the current expansion.  Disney employee VoluntEARS have contributed hands-on work in each phase of the garden’s development. 

103rd Street Community Garden, established in 1999, is a beloved neighborhood oasis that provides a shaded green space with benches and a large lawn for relaxing and socializing, raised beds for growing produce and a shed for storing tools and materials, grills and tables for preparing and enjoying meals, a KaBOOM! playground for young children, a basketball court, and a composting toilet.  The garden hosts free arts and cultural events presented by NYRP and is available to community members as a site for parties, celebrations, and performances.

“Healthy green spaces directly impact quality of life—from public health and safety to happiness and civic engagement,” said Deborah Marton, NYRP Executive Director. “Every one of our adopted gardens strengthen the community it serves and, ultimately, fortifies the city as a whole.”

In addition to The Walt Disney Company’s generous donation, this expansion was made possible through materials and volunteer labor provided by The Home Depot, Scotts Miracle-Gro and Old Castle/Belgard.

About New York Restoration Project (NYRP)
New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is a non-profit organization driven by the conviction that all New Yorkers deserve beautiful, high-quality public space within ready walking distance of their homes. Since our founding in 1995 by Bette Midler, NYRP has planted trees, renovated gardens, restored parks, and transformed open space for communities throughout New York City’s five boroughs. As New York’s only citywide conservancy, we bring private resources to spaces that lack adequate municipal support, fortifying the City’s aging infrastructure and creating a healthier environment for those who live in the most densely populated and least green neighborhoods. Learn more at

About The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international entertainment and media enterprise with four business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, and consumer products and interactive media. Being a good corporate citizen is a time-honored Disney tradition. Through contributions, collaborations with local organizations, in-kind gifts and volunteering, Disney helps to brighten the lives of kids and families in need and strengthen communities around the world. For more information, visit or


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