P.S. 4K Paradise Garden

PS 4K Paradise Garden

676-696 Glenmore Avenue [map]
East New York, Brooklyn
Founded: 1989

Originally founded in 1989 by PS 4K Teacher Mary Scialis and Paraprofessional Harry Peterson and neighbor Gladys Gonzalez, Paradise Garden is used both by the neighborhood and the nearby PS 4, a special education elementary school.

The garden creates a caring environment with a pond, shade structure, gazebo, bird feeders, sand & water play tables, and raised beds filled with all types of vegetables and herbs. The perimeter of the garden is complete with perennials, annuals, various berries and trees. The kids are free to safely play on the extensive lawn. You enter by walking down a brick pathway with raised brick planters on either side. A memorial arboretum graces one side of the gate. A nice collection of lilacs is on the other side.

GrowNYC installed a rainwater harvesting system in 2004, and completed a total reconstruction of the space in 2014.

Reconstruction photos:

Old Garden photos:


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