Willis Avenue Community Garden

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Due to COVID-19, all public events have been cancelled until further notice.

All public events in our spaces have been cancelled due to COVID-19. Join our e-mail list for updates and read our current COVID-19 policy here. Questions? Please email [email protected].

Garden Events

Our gardens are community hubs. Each growing season, our gardeners hold hundreds of events and you can too! There is no cost to use the space, for community members and non-commercial entities, but gardens must remain open and accessible to the public at all times.

There are two ways to organize an event in one of our gardens:

  1. Complete our community events form
  2. Work directly with NYRP’s Engagement and Programming team to organize an event

Through the Community Garden Activation Grant Program, NYRP, community gardeners, neighbors and partners work together to bring programming into the gardens. Through the Grant Program, the community can:

  1. Access equipment, which NYRP will loan you for a specified amount of time
  2. Request funding to bring a program or activity to a garden. Grants are of up to $500 per event/ project. (Maximum of $1,000 per garden group or partner)

Community Events

Thanks to the community gardeners in our network, many NYRP gardens can host community events like children’s birthday’s, baby showers, gatherings, and community meetings. NYRP community gardens are opened every day across the city thanks to the hard work of community members, these same community members share their time to open and close the gardens for community events.

The gardening season and garden reservation coordination occurs from April through October. NYRP staff coordinate with garden members to open and close available gardens. This form is only to reserve space in an NYRP community garden that is ideal to host an event. To reserve space located in one of the public parks we maintain in Northern Manhattan (including the Riley-Levin Children’s Garden, Swindler Cove in Sherman Creek Park and others) you will need to obtain a permit from the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. Lastly, please note that our Jane Bailey Community Garden can only support community reservations for the last two weekends of the month.

Complete the NYRP event form, at least three weeks before your event. Submission of the form does not equal event confirmation; a member of the Engagement team or garden group member will contact you to finalize event information and to confirm availability. Gardens can host events from late April through October.

If you have any questions, you can contact Engagement and Programming at 212-333-2552 or email [email protected].


Garden event policies:

  • Individual profit making, political campaigning or fundraising are all prohibited.
  • Each event requests takes about 3 weeks for processing. NYRP works directly with community gardeners who care for the gardens and open them for your event.
  • The event will be approved by the garden group, we recommend that you attend a garden group meeting.
  • Only one event may be held in the garden at any time.
  • Garden gates must remain open to the public during all events.
  • No fee may be charged to reserve or enter any NYRP garden.
  • Event hosts are responsible for acquiring sound or other applicable permits
  • Smoking, drugs, and/or alcohol are not permitted in the gardens.
  • All events must end by 7pm. All persons and event materials must be removed from the garden and the garden gates must be locked no later than 8pm.
  • Event hosts are responsible for leaving the garden clean and in order.
  • A sound permit must be acquired from the NYPD for any event that will have amplified sound/ music at a loud volume.

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