Pershing Avenue Park Celebrates New Improvements at Neighborhood Farm Harvest Festival

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY/ACCESSWIRE/November 3, 2022/ Green mountain energy

To celebrate the restoration of Pershing Avenue Park and the end of another growing season at the Pershing Avenue Neighborhood Farm and Community Garden, the Town of Poughkeepsie and Scenic Hudson hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, October 28, 2022.

Keynote speakers included Town of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison, New City Parks Executive Director Rose Harvey and Scenic Hudson Land Trust and Land Programs Executive Director Seth McKee. Joining them was Green Mountain Energy’s Sun Club® Program Director, Johnny Richardson, who “lit” the newly installed solar lights, funded by a Sun Club® grant of $114,868.

“Sun Club is honored to be part of this innovative project that will help residents of Poughkeepsie enjoy this well-lit and sustainable space,” said Mark Parsons, vice president of Green Mountain Energy. “We recognize and applaud the work done by New City Parks in working with communities and creating green spaces for play, social connection and contact with nature.”

Pershing Avenue Park is in the 7e neighborhood of the town of Poughkeepsie and is home to an active summer basketball league. The rest of the park’s recreational facilities have suffered from years of deferred maintenance. In 2020, the city committed to restoring and revitalizing the park by engaging New City Parks to work with community partners in the 7e to restore the park’s recreational facilities and add a newly installed walking path, benches and solar lights, and a meadow north of the basketball courts.

“Solar-powered lighting provided by the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club is new to parks across the country and is an example and a model, while keeping Pershing Avenue Park safer, brighter and a welcoming space for all. neighborhood residents,” said Rose Harvey, Executive Director of New City Parks.

Park visitors can now enjoy newly installed playground equipment, newly remodeled basketball courts, new hoops and backboards, many new native trees and shrubs for shade and cooling, new benches, new walking paths and tables.

“We are grateful for this significant and generous contribution from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club to this project which will greatly benefit the community,” said Rob Rolison, Mayor of the Town of Poughkeepsie. “We appreciate our partners who help us make extensive improvements to our parks, including the addition of solar lights in the Pershing Avenue park, which also aligns perfectly with the city’s participation in the smart communities program on the climate of New York State.”

The Pershing Avenue Community Garden and Neighborhood Farm opened in 2021 in response to the needs expressed by residents to support and create healthy lifestyles for children and families and provide quality education programs for people of all ages. Residents grow their own produce in the community garden, and operations have begun at an educational farm that provides fresh fruits and vegetables to neighborhood families and local bodegas and restaurants. The farm also provides opportunities for Poughkeepsie youth to teach life and work skills through hands-on experiences in farming and gardening, health and nutrition, entrepreneurship and leadership. .

In addition to Scenic Hudson and the city, partners included many Northside residents, New City Parks, the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, Nubian Directions II’s YouthBuild AmeriCorps program, Ecological Citizens Partnership, Glynwood, and the PARKnership, a group of community leaders, representatives municipal, and local organizations created to focus on how to improve access to open space in North Poughkeepsie. PARKnership partners include local neighbors, Nubian Directions II, St. Marks AME Zion Church, Dutchess Outreach, the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, the Art Effect, New City Parks, Poughkeepsie Alliance and Ecological Citizens Project.

About New City Parks

New City Parks works with municipalities to prioritize funding and revitalization of city parks and green spaces in low-income neighborhoods. Founded in 2019, NCP’s mission is to bring greater health and happiness to neighborhoods that lack safe and usable parks by working with communities to create spaces for play, exercise, social connection and contact with nature. For more information, please visit our website:

About Green Mountain Energy Sun Club®

Green Mountain Energy is changing the way energy is produced and advancing sustainable communities through the work of the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club®. Since its founding in 2002, Sun Club® has donated more than $11 million to 143 nonprofit organizations across Texas and the Northeast. Sun Club® works with non-profit organizations on projects focused on renewable energy, energy efficiency, resource conservation and environmental stewardship. To learn more about Green Mountain Energy and Sun Club® or to apply for a Sun Club® grant, visit

John Penney
Town of Poughkeepsie, Director of Community Engagement
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