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HPCG Moves To Restore Historic Greenhouse In New Rochelle

Hudson Park Children's Greenhouse in Hudson Park, New Rochelle,
Hudson Park Children's Greenhouse in Hudson Park, New Rochelle, Photo Credit: Marc Harary, Architectural Photographer
Architectural Plans for proposed renovation of Hudson Park Children's Greenhouse.
Architectural Plans for proposed renovation of Hudson Park Children's Greenhouse. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- The Hudson Park Children's Greenhouse (HPCG) committee will present its proposal to the New Rochelle City Council Committee of the Whole on Tuesday at 3:45 p.m.

The group was formed to save and restore the Hudson Park Children's Greenhouse, formerly known as the Hudson Park/Wildcliff Greenhouse.

The building is a historic Lord and Burnham structure that was built in the early 20th century. Traditionally, the greenhouse provided the New Rochelle Parks Department with plants and flowers for the parks, gardens and plantings that beautified the city for decades, according to a release from HPGC.

This new Hudson Park Children’s Greenhouse will provide environmental education programs for children and the community at large of New Rochelle. It will also serve as a supportive hub of environmental and sustainable horticulture activities, the release said.

“Concerned citizens want to preserve the history of Hudson Park, and educate the community on sustainable living,” said Kim Martelli, of KTM Architect.

Martelli, a New Rochelle resident, is one of many local professionals and tradespeople who will be giving of their valuable time to assist on the project. The committee is growing and currently lists 37 members.

In 2015, Millie Radonjic-Ilich formed the Hudson Park Children’s Greenhouse Inc., a 501-c-3 non-profit organization dedicated to restoring the greenhouse.

HPCG’s mission is to use the restored greenhouse to provide age-appropriate, hands-on education and gardening experiences in a safe, energy-efficient and environmentally sound setting, according to the release.

The group has raise funds from a variety of generous benefactors. In August 2016, HPCG was awarded a matching grant of $20,000 by the Gwendolen Appleyard Trust Fund, which runs through Sept. 1, 2017, the release said.

The group was thrilled to receive a $250,000 grant on Dec. 18, 2016, from New York State, secured by Assembly members Amy Paulin and Steve Otis.

For more information on the project or to donate to the effort, visit www.hudsonparkgreenhouse.org.

To get involved or help on this project, email hpcgreenhouse@gmail.com.

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