Founded in October of 2014, Friends of Corlears Hook Park is a 501c3 volunteer group that works to maintain and revitalize Corlears Hook Park for the benefit of the general public and residents of the Lower East Side. We accomplish our work by planning and organizing park clean-up and planting events, providing community programming in the park, raising funds to support park programs and initiatives, and collaborating with other government agencies, non-profit organizations and community groups for the betterment of the park

Scroll down to see recent accomplishments & future priorities

What We've Achieved

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
  • Planted 1600 daffodils throughout the park
  • 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 over 2000 daffodils throughout the park
  • Participation 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 (so far):

  • Secured discretionary funding from Council member Rosie Mendez for future plantings and equipment.
  • Secured grant from the Citizens Committee for New York City for garden shed, equipment and workshops. 
  • Hosted annual spring planting event
  • Hosted Family Fun day for the community

Future Priorities

Be sure to check the Project Update page for the latest on some of these initiatives

  • Refurbishment and reopening of comfort station
  • Dog run renovation
  • Repair of batting cage netting
  • Refurbishment of children’s playground and water sprinkler
  • More community programming
  • and of course, more trees, shrubs and plants!