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El Sitio Feliz at Union Settlement
203 E. 104th Street [map]
East Harlem, Manhattan
Founded in 1992, Rebuilt in 2013
El Sitio Feliz is a large 20,000 square foot community garden that also includes to a playground, amphitheatre, and large vine-covered pergola. The playground is used daily by children from the Leggett Day Care Center, which is run by Union Settlement. It is has been designated a Great Public Space by the Project for Public Spaces.
The garden, originally built by GrowNYC in 1992, suffered substantial damage in Hurricane Sandy. Thanks to support from Garnier, GrowNYC replaced all of the garden's wooden raised beds with new beds made from recycled plastic lumber, created a new children's garden area, installed fresh soil, and replaced old wooden picnic tables with new recycled plastic tables.