Wednesday, March 12, 2014

SPRING HAS SPRUNG!

VIP WORK DAY IN ISHAM PARK
 
THIS SUNDAY:
MARCH 16th from 10am to 12 noon
MEET AT: ISHAM MEMORIAL TERRACE

WORK AREAS (late arrivals)
First BROADWAY + later SEAMAN AVE/ISHAM ST,  PATHS + SLOPES

OBJECTIVE: 
HELP TO PICK UP TRASH REVEALED BY SNOW MELTS
BAGS + GLOVES PROVIDED

PLEASE WEAR PROTECTIVE CLOTHING:
BOOTS, LONG SLEEVE SHIRT + PLANTS, HAT
SUNGLASSES

WEATHER FORECAST FOR SUNDAY MARCH 16th:
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.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

VIP Work Day schedule revised; next is Saturday October 12th

Please note: there will be no VIP work day this weekend, October 5th and 6th.
Next weekend, VIP will be out on Saturday October 12th to prepare for bulb planting on the following Saturday October 19th It's My Park day in Isham Park.

Friday, September 27, 2013

The memorial terrace in Isham Park


October 31, 2010, the newly planted memorial garden.
Early September 2013, bronze plaque is centered in the facing wall.












On October 31, 2010, a group of volunteers gathered at the memorial terrace in Isham Park.  With help from NYC Parks gardener Dorothy Rowan, we planted a small border garden along the western edge of the terrace.   This was done to call attention to and reinforce the memorial, as it is a subtle design in which a bronze plaque listing the gifts of land from the Isham family that created the park is placed low in the eastern wall and can be easily overlooked by those passing by or even stopping to rest or enjoy the park.

Last fall on September 29, 2012, the neighborhood celebrated the centennial of Isham Park.  This Sunday, September 29, 2013, VIP plans work in the memorial terrace garden and surrounding pathways.  Please come out to join us!  And thank you very much to the many volunteers who have worked in Isham Park and the memorial garden over the past thee years...


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fall work days in Isham Park

Diagonal steps during trash pick up, weeding and sweeping



After


Last Sunday, September 15th, VIP began a regular fall work day schedule which will continue on Sunday mornings from 9am to 12 noon/1pm from this Sunday the 22nd of September to Sunday October 20th, It's My Park Day.  Please note that this will be in advance of and in preparation for bulb planting on IMPD.  

Last Sunday's effort focused on picking up trash, weeding, and cleaning the diagonal steps between Park Terrace West and Seaman Avenue. 

Please come join us for fall work days in Isham Park!  For details on work location or any other questions, email: volunteersforishampark@gmail.com