Fannie Barnes Children's Playground

447 Sheffield Avenue [map]
East New York, Brooklyn
Founded in July 1992

When originally built in 1992 vacant lots stretched for 3 blocks. This Lots-for-Tots Playground was vandalized and rendered useless within 5 years. New housing helped stabilize the neighborhood. GrowNYC renovated this park-playground in 2005 with assistance from KABOOM! Urban Strategies parents selected new play equipment. Over 100 volunteers came out for the Build day. Recycled lumber replaced rotten wood tables, the mural was touched up and safety surfacing was replenished, and a whole playground was raised in one wet day.

 


 

On Monday, July 11, we launched the “Oh SNAP!” educational campaign with a live mural painting on a Greenmarket, Co. delivery truck. The “Oh SNAP!” campaign was designed to draw attention to the fact that GrowNYC’s network of Greenmarkets accept electronic benefits cards (EBT) and shoppers can use their SNAP benefits to purchase farm-fresh produce from the region’s mid-sized family farmers.

  • Greenmarket

    Our network of farmers markets, Youthmarkets, Fresh Food Box pick-ups, and Greenmarket Co. ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Recycle

    We blanket the five boroughs with resources like textile and food scrap collection, Stop 'N' Swaps, and free training to make waste reduction easy for all.

  • Garden

    We build and rejuvenate community & school gardens in all 5 boroughs, and support even more gardens through volunteer days, technical assistance, school garden grants, & more.

  • Teach

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 60,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.