The G UNITY FOUNDATION in conjunction with Bette Midler’s NEW YORK RESTORATION PROJECT have scheduled the opening of the Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson community garden at Baisley Park in Queens, NY for late October. In addition to Mr. Jackson and Bette Midler, Mayor Bloomberg and other city officials are expected to attend the grand opening. The garden was designed by renowned landscape architect Walter Hood.
The G Unity Foundation granted well over $300,000 in order to create the outdoor children’s learning garden. The Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson Community Garden is located at 117-19 165 Street.
This new outdoor children’s learning garden will serve the Queens neighborhood, which will greatly benefit from revitalized green space. In conjunction with area schools, gardening can be used to teach children a variety of subjects and to strengthen learning in science, math, and language arts. Baisley Park is 15,000 square feet. The neighborhood features only 5% of the recommended amount of outdoor/open space, and there are over 52,000 children in the community who would be benefit from this space.
Renowned entertainer Bette Midler founded the nonprofit New York Restoration Project (NYRP) in 1995 with the belief that clean and green neighborhoods are fundamental to the quality of life and that every community in New York City deserves an oasis of natural beauty. Modeled on the Central Park Conservancy and other successful public-private partnerships, NYRP partners with individuals, community-based groups, and public agencies to reclaim, restore, and develop under-resourced parks, community gardens, and open space in New York City, primarily in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.