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City Green Hosts Grand Opening Celebration at Lou Costello Memorial Park

City Green Hosts Grand Opening Celebration at Lou Costello Memorial Park

June 22, 2023

Our friends at City Green are truly making a difference in food security within our great City of Paterson! City Green is a nonprofit farming and gardening organization based in nearby Clifton. Since 2004, they've been committed to growing healthy cities by making fresh produce accessible and inexpensive for local residents. They envision "livable, green urban communities that are socially, economically and environmentally rejuvenated"— and they are doing just that one city at a time.

On Tuesday, June 13, City Green held its Grand Opening Celebration at Lou Costello Memorial Park—which NJCDC is proud to have played a part in the rehabilitation of. Originally opened 31 years ago, the park fell into disrepair and was unsafe for children and families in the neighborhood. Last year, NJCDC helped cut the ribbon on the renovated park, which was designed in partnership with neighborhood residents to create a safe and welcoming space for community events—like the weekly Veggie Mobile—and for children to play.

At the event, attendees enjoyed fresh produce (grown at the Farm Eco-Center and South Branch Preserve) from the Farm Stand, raffles, taste tests, and more! The first 25 customers each received a free gift and attendees with small children also visited the park's playground, which is the first in Paterson to be designed for children with autism and special needs. The kids laughed and played as they enjoyed the beautiful day under the sun!

Every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Cianci Street and Ellison St., the Veggie Mobile will be on-site to provide Paterson residents with farm fresh vegetables, fruit, honey, and eggs! Many Paterson residents live in food deserts, which means they have limited access to grocery stores and supermarkets that sell fresh foods. Through the Veggie Mobile, City Green brings fresh foods to residents, allowing them to purchase healthier foods more conveniently. Customers can also receive 50% off their sale total if purchased with SNAP, WIC, or senior checks.

NJCDC Founder & CEO Bob Guarasci said, "Summer is in full swing over at Lou Costello Memorial Park! Children and families of this beautiful historic neighborhood have taken this park back and are putting it to good use through community events like this.

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