2019 Was A Transformative Year For The
Yonkers Greenway!

This April, we gathered with Mayor Mike Spano as well as community partners, business leaders, city officials and Yonkers Public School students to open the new Yonkers Greenway Playground. The playground, located in the city’s rededicated Smith, O’Hara, Levine Park, is the result of a public-private partnership that transformed an abandoned section of the Old Putnam Railroad into a revitalized park featuring a community garden that opened in May.
Since 2014, the City of Yonkers has been collaborating with Groundwork Hudson Valley to bring the Yonkers Greenway to life. Once completed, the Greenway will be a two mile vibrant pathway for walking, biking, recreation and economic development.

The City’s Department of Planning and Development, along with the Parks and Engineering Department, continues to lead the effort to complete the final design and construction documents for the entire route of the Greenway. Groundwork Hudson Valley is grateful for support from the City of Yonkers, the New York Department of Transportation, Bank of America, the Environmental Protection Agency, the New York Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Westchester Community Foundation, Impact 100 Westchester, the Ronald McDonald House Charities, the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets, and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.   
In 2020, we will be expanding the community garden, installing sculptures and mosaic towers, and breaking ground on the construction of the Yonkers side of the route. Greenways provide economic stimulus, improved environments, health benefits, recreational activity, crime reduction, and perhaps most importantly, positive social infrastructure – the physical places that allow social bonds to develop. Our hope is that this project will continue to have transformational impacts in the neighborhood to improve the lives of residents and the City of Yonkers as a whole!
Every dollar of support helps us change places and lives in Westchester County. As 2019 comes to a close, please support us in our effort to create sustainable environmental change in urban neighborhoods through community-based partnerships that promote economic opportunity. By making a year-end, personal donation, you're helping us to exponentially increase our impact.

Make your gift to Groundwork Hudson Valley at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1430653?code=home+page

Brigitte Griswold
Executive Director
P.S. Many companies match donations made by their employees! Matching gifts are an important source of revenue for our organization and can make your gift go twice as far. Kindly contact your company HR department or contact Sara Brody at sarab@groundworkhv.org  for more information.