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Angela A
167th st & Edgecombe Ave
(Washington Heights)
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the project

On June 2nd, 2018, CLIMB (City Life Is Moving Bodies) and its community partners will be celebrating the 14th Anniversary of Hike the Heights, and we want to make this our biggest and best party to date. Hike the Heights is an annual volunteer-planned and community run event that links 2,000+ local residents with their beautiful parks in Northern Manhattan, including the “Giraffe Path,” a trail that connects 7 parks and surrounding neighborhoods. The event brings together people of all ages for hiking and a community party with arts, games, healthy food, and active fun in their parks.

We connect people with the parks in their communities. Hike the Heights shows local residents the natural resources that exist in their own back yard to encourage them to engage with and use the parks, making them safer for everyone.

We build community through the arts.  In preparation for the event, local children from Head Start groups, pediatric clinical facilities, and local schools work with CLIMB and our community partners to create giraffe statues from recycled materials.  On the day of the event, these giraffes decorate the parks and line the hiking trails, lending a playful feel to the volunteer-led tours through parks previously marked by violence. 

We promote environmental stewardship.  Before Hike the Heights, CLIMB and its partners host park clean-up and trail maintenance days so local residents can give back to the parks that give them so much.

We bridge communities. Hiking along the giraffe bridges the divide between surrounding neighborhoods. Neighbors from Central Harlem and Washington Heights/Inwood hike along the giraffe path and interact with one another, strengthening bonds and building community. 

This year we want to celebrate how connecting public spaces brings people together and makes the surrounding neighborhoods better for everyone by activating the newly reopened and beautiful High Bridge. We are excited to be inviting community partners and neighbors from the Bronx to hike across the High Bridge to join this year's party!!


the steps

Conduct outreach to past and new community partners

Host collaborative event planning meetings to plan, arrange and hold the hikes and community parties in the parks

Support partners in community initiatives through cross promotion and 'showing up'

Recruit past and new sites for children’s giraffe making workshops, and coordinate these trainings

Recruit seed groups and hike leaders

Expand hike start locations into more neighborhoods

Fundraise for events costs including party activities requested by local residents

Hold park clean-up days to remove litter and maintain trails

Set-up the Giraffe Path installation

Celebrate the vibrant Northern Manhattan communities and parks at our June 2nd event!


why we're doing it

Unfortunately, many of these parks and places along the 'giraffe path' trail have been forgotten by locals who retreated from parks during the epidemic of violence that plagued Northern Manhattan in the 1980s and early 1990s.  Volunteer groups and the City Parks Department have brought these parks and surrounding neighborhoods a long way on the path to restoration and, though some additional maintenance work is required, what these spaces need now are increased foot traffic (and bike, rollerblade, wheelchair, & stroller traffic as well!).  Neighbors and visitors must be invited to come out and learn about these trails. We have found that once residents learn about their parks, they fall in love with the trails and are more likely to be involved in park stewardship and other community volunteer activities. In coming together for a celebration at the Sunken Playground, lovingly refered to by locals as 'The Pit', we hope to encourage others to reclaim these parks and public spaces, using them as they would their own backyard, increasing physical, social, civic activity in the neighborhoods they are in. 

CLIMB and Hike the Heights seek to raise awareness about these public spaces and build a sense of community pride and ownership over them. Parks are important community assets for public health and community well-being. By connecting neighbors with their parks, we hope to promote both healthy lifestyles and community advocacy for these beautiful natural assets. 


Disbursed Budget 6.19.18

Raised = $940.00
less ioby Platform Fee waived
less ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $43.52
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $26.11
Total to Disburse = $870.37
Store Number One Name: Blick Art Materials
Acrylic Paint Name:
1) Blickrylic: 10quantity of different colors × $7.58= $75.80
2) Washable Kids Paint: 1quantity × $8.76= $8.76
Glue Name:
1) Mod Podge: 1quantity × $34.99= $34.99
2) Liquitex: 1quantity × $62.99= $62.99
Papers Name:
1) Tru-Ray Construction Paper: 1quantity × $6.79= $6.79
2) Tru-Ray Construction Paper: 1quantity × $14.99= $14.99
Other Materials Supplies:
1) Plastic Muffin with 9 Well: 4quantity × $6.15= $24.60
2) Spectra Glitter: 5quantity × $11.19= $55.95
Store Number Two Name: Michaels
Bulk Canvas Name:
1) Artist's Loft 40pack on Sale. Size: 8X10 : 2quantity ×
$40.00= $80.00 (GOT 35 Canvas Panels)
2) Combo Foam Brush Set: 3quantity × $5.00= $15.00
3) Foam Stickers: 2quantity × $8.99= $17.98
Store Number Three Name: Home Depot
Materials Needed:
1) One quart Bucket Containers for water: 8quantity × $1.47= $11.76
2) Paint Brush Name:
Solvents Adhesives & Gules: 1quantity × $10.00= $10.97
*Subtotal: *$429.43
*Category: Logistics*
1) Permits - $50
2) Generator - $400
Total = $870.58


Original Budget

Activities (art supplies, sports equipment, first aid kits, etc)- $1000

Promotional Supplies and Banners - $1000

Tables/Chairs and Stage rental -$1000

Refreshments (Healthy meal and snacks) - $4,000

Logistics (permits, generators, moving equipment/supplies) - $500

port-a-potties - $500

Icees and other giveaways - $2000

Subtotal = $10,000
ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $300
Total to raise = $10,335


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