Feb. 9, 2011 By Christian Murray
Sunnyside is about to receive a cash infusion that will go toward revitalizing the garden at All Saints Episcopal Church, cleaning up and planting trees next to Sunnyside Gardens Park, a “greening” initiative at the Sunnyside public library, and the planting of trees throughout the neighborhood.
The funds are coming from an $8 million settlement that Western Queens reached with Con Ed following the blackout of 2006 that affected Long Island City, Woodside, Sunnyside and Astoria.
The funds are being distributed by the North Star Fund. In the first year, $3 million will be distributed, with the remainder over the following two years.
However, Sunnyside will initially receive the following from the start:
All Saints Episcopal Church will receive $20,000 to reopen its garden to the public so it can be a place for musical performances and community events.
Friends of Sunnyside Gardens Community Association will receive a $10,000 grant that will be used to replace dead trees and clean up garbage outside Sunnyside Gardens Park.
A $250,000 grant will be used to provide the five libraries of Western Queens—including the Sunnyside and Woodside branches—with the resources needed to create workshops on topics such as urban agriculture and alternative sources of energy. The libraries will be retro-fitted with energy efficient materials.
The City Parks Foundation will work with the wider community to plant up to 850 trees across Western Queens. It has yet to be determined how many of those will be planted in Sunnyside.
Sunnyside Community Services will receive a $125,000 grant to maintain the 850 trees. It will provide green-job training to youth through an urban forestry summer internship.
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