The event will feature local environmental organizations and projects that have been funded by grants through GCEF. Groups including the Newtown Creek Alliance, New York City Audubon and the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance will be in attendance.
The purpose of the open house, according to organizers, is to showcase GCEF’s collaboration with local organizations to “make Greenpoint a healthier, safer and greener place to live.”
Organizers will also inaugurate the new and improved McGolrick Park dog run with a contest on Saturday. Local dog owners are encouraged to enter their furry companions in competitions for best eyes, highest jump, fastest fetch, waggiest tail, friendliest, smallest dog, biggest dog and more.
Renovated by the Horticultural Society of New York, the dog run now has a new raised bed system around trees to protect roots, benches for people to sit, and gravel that is easier to clean and drain.
GCEF, a $19.5 million grant program created by the office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, obtained funding through a settlement with ExxonMobil over its Greenpoint oil spill.
Through 46 grants totaling $16.8 million to 40 projects, in addition to $37.6 million in matching funds, GCEF has invested more than $54 million in environmental projects throughout Greenpoint.