Past Accomplishments by year

2014:

  • Friends of Corlears Hook Park is founded in October 2014.

  • Replacement and repair of broken lampposts throughout the park.

  • Replacement of Sandy damaged trees that were cut down.

  • Participation in NYC Parks TreeCycle Program.

  • Hosted 3 clean up events (1 specifically for dog runs, 2 for entire park).

2015:

  • Secured grants from Partnership for Parks and Citizens Committee of New York City to plant new entryway gardens along Cherry Street entrances

  • Secured $250,000 in funding from Councilmember Rosie Mendez for dog run refurbishment.

  • Secured $2 million dollars in funding from Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) for refurbishment and reopening of comfort station.

  • Got Community Board to pass a resolution which led to the DOT adding some traffic-calming measures to a dangerous roadway adjacent to the park.

  • Painted retaining wall in children’s playground through a partnership with CityARTS.

  • Planted 1600 daffodils throughout the park as part of New Yorkers for Parks Daffodil Project.

  • Participation in NYC Parks TreeCycle Program

  • Hosted annual spring and fall clean-up/planting events

2016:

  • Obtained our official 501c3 non-profit status

  • Secured grant from Partnership for Parks to help cover various expenses

  • Secured grant from Community Parks Initiative for refurbishment and replanting of our center lawns and garden beds

  • Added doggie poop bag dispenser in the park and a new hose in the dog run

  • Added 3 new Japanese White Pine trees to the park

  • Planted 2,200 daffodils throughout the park as part of New Yorkers for Parks Daffodil Project.

  • Participated in NYC Parks TreeCycle Program

  • Hosted annual spring and fall clean-up/planting events

  • Hosted Family Fun day for the community

  • Raised funds through the Healthy Neighborhoods Challenge Grant provided by the New York State Health Foundation to bring free yoga classes to the park in 2017

  • Brought the first-ever holiday tree to the park and hosted a tree decorating party for the community

2017:

  • Secured discretionary funding from Councilmember Rosie Mendez for future plantings and equipment.

  • Secured an additional $300,000 in funding from Councilmember Rosie Mendez for dog run refurbishment.

  • Secured grant from the Citizens Committee for New York City to install a garden tool shed, purchase equipment and hold workshops.

  • Continued to work with Community Board and DOT to get new stop sign and crosswalk installed at Cherry St. entrance to increase pedestrian safety.

  • Hosted annual spring and fall clean-up/planting events.

  • Planted 1,200 daffodils throughout the park as part of New Yorkers for Parks Daffodil Project.

  • Participated in NYC Parks TreeCycle Program.

  • Hosted 12-week long free weekly yoga classes.

  • Hosted Family Fun day for the community.

  • Partnered with Art for Arts to bring free jazz performance to the park.

2018:

  • Hosted holiday tree lighting and decorating event

  • Hosted annual fall clean-up/planting events.

  • Planted 1,200 daffodils throughout the park as part of New Yorkers for Parks Daffodil Project.

  • Participated in NYC Parks TreeCycle Program

  • Got new netting installed in the batting cage netting

  • Hosted New York Junior League and their volunteers for 6 weekends of clean-up and beautification efforts throughout the park.

  • Finalized installment of Cherry Street crosswalk.

  • Hosted summer-long free weekly yoga classes.

  • Secured discretionary funding from Councilmember Carlina Rivera and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer for future park plantings and programming.

  • Hosted Family Fun day for the community.

  • Secured Capacity Building grant from Partnership for Parks to create marketing materials.

  • Partnered with Summer Stage to bring a free puppet show to the park for the community.

  • Hosted Pumpkin Smash with the Lower East Side Ecology Center.