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Arboleda de Niños/Children's Grove
1480-86 Myrtle Ave
Founded in 2003
On a garbage strewn lot under the El tracks on congested Myrtle Avenue, local residents dreamed of a safe place for children to play. Make the Road by Walking (a local community justice group) secured the space with help from the Trust for Public Land, and GrowNYC helped to design and build their vision. This small triangular lot is framed by ornamental plantings around the perimeter, and a dynamic mural depicting community injustice. The site incorporates a brick patio with tables and benches, a gazebo, childrens playhouse and waterplay table on a rubber safety surface. The open areas are tied together by a lawn. Arboleda de Los Niños is their reality.