Columbia Volunteers Help Revitalize Local Community Senior Reading Garden


On Friday, September 21st, over a dozen Columbia University volunteers participated in Lend Lease's Community Service Day Project at the Grant Houses garden adjacent to the George Bruce Library on West 125th Street.  Volunteers cleaned, raked leaves, planted, painted fences, repaired benches, and framed a gravel walkway leading into the garden; in addition, they used wood to build new benches, a stage, planter boxes and community banner holders.

The revitalized Community Senior Reading Garden will serve as an open-area that encourages seniors and children to gather at the garden, read, play, and utilize the stage to recite poetry, conduct puppet shows, and small performances. This site was selected by Columbia University and Lend Lease in cooperation with the West Harlem Local Development Cooperation, New York City Housing Authority and the Grant Houses Tenants Association.