Calling all green thumbs! The DOT has come up with a savvy way to incorporate a patch of micro-gardens on the pedestrian islands planned for Manhattan’s Sixth Avenue, and they need your help. According to DNAinfo, the new protected bike lanes that are slated to be built from 14th to 33rd streets along the avenue will be covered with cold hard cement unless enough volunteers come forward to commit to taking care of small gardens that could be planted instead. Your move, guys.
The DOT plan calls for 33 pedestrian islands to be built along Sixth Avenue, which will be filled with either dirt or concrete depending on commitments from local residents or companies to care for the approximately four-by-five-foot micro-gardens.
So far, 28 gardeners have come forward to commit some of their time to maintaining the 33 planned gardens, but President of the Council of Chelsea Block Associations, Bill Borock, is currently looking for a few more kind souls to care for the remaining five islands.
“We are really happy that the DOT found a way to implement a pedestrian refuge, and we think these micro-gardens make a huge difference in the bike and pedestrian experience,” Berthet said. “This is good for everyone.”
All volunteers will be responsible for providing soil, as well as planting and maintaining the city gardens. If you’re interested, Borock is accepting volunteer submissions at [email protected] until May 1st.