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Christopher R
Barnett Ave, Queens, NY
(Sunnyside, Queens)
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the project

For fifty years, Sunnyside Community Garden has maintained the green space along the walkway on Barnett Avenue from 48th to 50th Street through monthly clean-ups and landscaping. From the onset, community members have united to beautify the neighborhood and form the life-transforming oasis that exists today.

In recent years the retaining wall and greenery along this strip have become victims to decay and erosion. Since this walkway is used by hundreds of community members on a daily basis, many of our volunteers help maintain both the beauty, but also the safety of this strip of land. Therefore, in Spring 2022, we aim to clean-up, upgrade and re-landscape along the sidewalk from 48th to 50th Street to make this strip of green space safer and complimentary of the lush vegetation that we have grown to love in our community. 

Note: your donation to our ioby campaign is tax deductible and you will be receiving a confirmation (receipt) of your tax deductible contribution after you donate. 

the steps

We are planning to have materials purchased and the space prepared before our April 2nd start date. Contact us at if you are interested in volunteering. This is a draft of our schedule (subject to change):

April 2 Clear Space from 48th - 50th Street, Barnett Avenue

April 9th  Purchase and move Materials

April 16th Digging, Positioning and Securing

April 23rd Digging, Positioning and Securing

April 30th Landscaping begins

May 7th Landscaping completion

May 14th Survey the land! (OK, not really survey, but this would be a great day to celebrate!)

why we're doing it

In 1971 a few intrepid Sunnysiders started the Sunnyside Community Garden. SCG continues this 50 year legacy and continues to expand its reach through neighborhood beautification, receiving food-scraps for composting and organic food donations**. Initially this space was founded simply for gathering, peace and well-being, but has now become a bustling community hub in Sunnyside serving thousands of community members.

Sadly, the strip of land from 48th to 50th Streets has recently become unsightly and unsafe through decaying wood from the railroad ties that were once a solid retaining wall, therefore our next community-building endeavor of Barnett Beautification. 

Scientific studies have illustrated the manifold benefits of green spaces. There is increasing evidence in the 2018 Clinical Medicine Journal that “exposure to green space…is beneficial to mental and physical health” SCG is invested in providing spaces to provide healing and strengthening from neighbor-to-neighbor. Ultimately, beautification, overall health, belonging and safety are addressed and we hope propagated through Barnett Beautification.


**Throughout COVID, we have donated more than 1100 lbs of fresh produce to local pantries for the underserved. Our ongoing contributions continue through the winter months.


Disbursed budget 4.12.22

Lumber  $                     5,601.60
Hardware, Tools, Rebar  $                        765.00
Delivery/Shipping  $                        348.00
Landscaping, Foliage, Plants  $                     1,198.00

TOTAL RAISED = $8,080.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $167.40

Updated budget:

Materials - $3193.75
Tools: $1000
Landscaping $3193.75

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)


Original budget:

Materials - $6775

Tools: $1000

Landscaping $6775

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)

Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.


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