In 2015, One Nature started working with the Newburgh Community Land Bank to convert an abandoned lot into a thriving community space. Our work was funded by the NYS Hudson River Valley Greenway. Working with Groundworks Newburgh and Greenway Environmental Services, a crew of volunteers distributed cubic yards of compost and wood chips over decaying asphalt to allow for the creation of a healthy plant community. Native vines were chosen to take advantage of an abundance of invasive trees (ailanthus and Norway maple) whose removal was too costly for the project's budget.
We set cedar posts in a reconstructed concrete wall and strung vine-friendly fence materials along the length of the park. General repairs were made, and a new coat of paint was added to the site's perimeter fence.