Friday, June 27, 2014

Tomorrow is It's My Park Day in Isham Park

Tomorrow, Saturday June 28, 2014 from 9:30am to 12:30pm, Volunteers for Isham Park (VIP) is hosting It's My Park Day in Isham Park.

This is the 9th consecutive IMPD hosted by VIP.  The Parks Gardener along with VIP will assist those who attend in weeding and mulching the gardens in the area surrounding the stone memorial terrace built to commemorate the gifts of land from the Isham family that created this beautiful NYC park, originally celebrated in September 1912.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Construction set to begin in Isham Park

On Tuesday the 27th of May, construction is set to begin on the long awaited restoration of water service for Isham Park.  The project was funded during the tenure of NYC Council Member Robert Jackson during the summer of 2011.

Jennifer Hoppa, Administrator for Northern Manhattan Parks sent out this letter today:

Dear Friends of Isham Park,

I wanted to make sure you knew that the Isham Park Water Service construction contractor is slated to start work in Isham Park next Tuesday, May 27th.  The capital contract involves several work areas:
-along Seaman and Isham Street
-at Seaman Avenue and 214th
-the Isham Alley at 212th Street
-Up along the perimeter of Bruce's Garden at Park Terrace East and Park Terrace East Circle.  (No work will take place inside the confines of Bruce's Garden.)
-At the [Isham] Family Memorial Bench Circle
-At the bluestone circle area on the upper lawn

NYC Parks has worked with the local girlscout troups in the Alley to transplant plants so that they won't be compromised during the Alley's water line installation and drainage swale installation.   Our gardeners will also be moving some shrubs at Seaman/Isham and Seaman/214th Street to new locations to make room for RPZ's (backflow preventers as required by DEP) for water service.

As part of this contract and related to it, Parks has identified four storm damaged trees that are dying and/or destabilized that will need to be removed.  These are invasive Norway Maples on the slope up from 212th Street (and some members of the community have long requested that these potential dangers be removed).  One other tree slated to come out is just the shaft of a black locust (no branches or leaves).   As you may have noticed, several new trees have already been planted along the Seaman Avenue perimeter of Isham Park, as part of our street tree planting contract.  Also, replacement trees have been installed along Park Terrace West.  

NYC Parks developed a draft  Landscape Plan for Isham Park, a part of which identified tree species to install in the park to enhance the landscape and replace some lost trees.  As the water service project advances, we will meet with the community again to get their input on this plan before doing any installations (which will occur post water service construction project, so there will be access to water for sustaining the trees during their establishment period).

Let me know if you have any questions.
Jennifer M. Hoppa

Jennifer M. Hoppa
Administrator Northern Manhattan Parks
Executive Director Fort Tryon Park Trust
F 212.543.1020

NYC Parks
Fort Tryon Park Cottage
741 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10040

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Tulips & Daffodils planted last fall are blooming!

Last October's bulb planting on It's My Park Day have resulted in lovely displays of Daffodils and Tulips in Isham Park. 

Thank you to New Yorkers for Parks who supplied the Daffodil bulbs that have so brightened Park Terrace West's curved bed above Seaman Avenue.

Thank you to everyone who planted and mulched the bulbs last fall including Friends of Indian Road Playground and VIPs; special thanks to the Fordham University Circle K team of five unstop-able helpers!  

Also thank you to Dorothy Rowan, Parks Gardener, and Partnerships for Parks Volunteer Coordinator Shamell Martin for help organizing tools and bulbs deliveries, Parks staff for the mulch delivery, and for Tulips that have been blooming south of the memorial terrace in Isham Park!  Beautiful!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


MARCH 16th from 10am to 12 noon

WORK AREAS (late arrivals)



High temperature 43 F + partly cloudy

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

VIP honored at the close of 2013

In his last act as a New York City Council Member, Robert Jackson, honored four community organizations for their transformative service to Northern Manhattan and two exceptional community residents in the 7th Council District for their perseverance and generosity.  

For the last 12 years Jackson has proudly represented parts of Morningside Heights, Hamilton Heights, West Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood. In his final day as a City Council Member, Jackson will highlight community organizations that work quietly and diligently to better the communities of District 7. Because of their size and the quick pace of their work these organizations are seldom recognized for the high impact work they do in beautifying public parks, providing essential social services, promoting tourism to the district, and raising HIV/AIDS awareness in communities of color. Two individuals who through their persistence, dedication and kindness have brought inspiration and set the example for those around them will also be honored tomorrow. Ramón Minaya has run 46 marathons throughout the United States and Mariella Rueda donated her bone marrow to a total stranger- these individuals inspire all of us to do better. See full list of honorees below:

Jewish Community Council of  Washington Heights & Inwood 
Harlem One Stop 
Volunteers For Isham Park 
Convent Avenue Baptist Church’s Healing Hope Ministry 
Mr. Ramón Minaya 
Ms. Mariella D. Rueda

Thursday, December 19, 2013

First snow of the season in Isham Park

On December 10th, the first snow of the season in Isham Park seemed early.  The moisture is very welcome and the park always looks great in the snow.

Happy New Year! Best wishes for all in 2014!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thank you to those came out for the Fall 2013 "It's My Park Day" in Isham Park

Happy Halloween!
Today we finally had a few drops of rain for the 1st time in weeks...tomorrow more is predicted but it will not be nearly enough!

Thank you to everyone who planted bulbs with us on October 19th for It's My Park Day in Isham Park!

Special thanks to the Fordham University Circle K team of five unstop-able helpers!  You were great!  

We were so happy to have the Friends of Indian Road Playground mothers & children who joined us for bulb planting!

Hoping we see a host of Daffodils & some Tulips along Park Terrace West next spring!!

Special thank you to Dorothy Rowan, Parks Gardener, NYC Parks staff who delivered a truck load of mulch, Partnerships for Parks who gave us Tulip and other bulbs, and New Yorkers for Parks who gave us Daffodils, all of which contributed to the park and the VIP event that day.