Organics Recycling + Avenue C Plaza + Dome Playground = Summer in K/WT

Organics Recycling + Avenue C Plaza + Dome Playground = Summer in K/WT

Dear Windsor Terrace & Kensington Neighbors,

Summer is upon us! Along with some hot weather, here are three great things the new season is bringing to Kensington & Windsor Terrace:

Curbside Organizing Recycling Coming to Windsor Terrace & Kensington

Organic material makes up about a third of what we throw away ... but it’s not trash. Through NYC’s curbside organics collection program, we turn food scraps, food-soiled paper, and yard waste into usable compost or renewable energy. The program will help the City save $100 million each year and dramatically reduce the waste we send to landfills.

This program is now expanding even further -- and coming to Windsor Terrace and Kensington! This month, the Department of Sanitation will be delivering free brown bins to residential buildings with up to nine apartments. Pick up will begin the week of July 2nd, on your recycling day. Residents on commercial blocks or in larger buildings with 10 or more apartments can request a free bin at nyc.gov/organics or by calling 311.

Your brown bin can be filled with items like food scraps, food-soiled paper, and leaf & yard waste. Find out more information here or by heading over to nyc.gov/organics.

Avenue C Plaza is Humming!

Thanks to the hard work of your neighbors, “Avenue C Plaza” (at McDonald Avenue) has developed into a real gem -- a great community open space for neighbors to meet, talk, eat, relax, read, and enjoy programs together. Over the spring, the NYC Department of Transportation resurface the plaza, so it’s now better than ever.

During June, the plaza is home to a “mobile studio,” a hub for diverse, creative, sometimes even magical programming. Kite-making. Painting. Planting. Young writers night. A community Iftar (the evening meal to break the Ramadan fast). You can stay in touch with everything happening in the plaza here.

Dome Playground Renovation

Last year, we cut the ribbon on the first phase of renovations at Dome Playground, the park at the corner of Dahill Road and 38th Street. That $2.75 million renovation doubled the children’s play area—with very popular climbing equipment, new seating areas for adults, a multi-purpose field, and some wonderful newly designed paths. The renovations were a huge hit with kids and families.

This spring, the second phase of renovations began with a $1 million upgrade to Dome Playground’s handball and basketball courts, new adult fitness equipment, a new accessible entrance, and new perimeter landscaping. Soon, we’ll have a fully refurbished Dome Playground in the Kensington community. Want to find more about what’s happening at the park? Connect with the Friends of Dome Playground.

As we enter the summer, I look forward to seeing you in Avenue C Plaza and at Dome Playground … and hearing about your experiences in the organics recycling program to help our city reduce waste, save money, and help preserve the planet for our kids.

Brad

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