In 2006, ORE worked pro-bono with members from a low-income (section 8) housing block in the East-Village of Manhattan to design and construct a community park. Vertical gardens provide shade along paths and paved surfaces, while harvested rainwater circulates to simultaneously cool people and nourish plants.  GrowNYC and ORE worked with volunteers to transform a vacant dirt lot into an urban oasis.

Lot Before Renovation 


Program of garden after community workshops


Renderings for fundraising


Opening Day Party!



Client: GrowNYC, Community Members of 5th Street between avenues C and D
Program: Community Park
Location: New York, NY
Area: 2,000 sf
Status: Completed 2006