Chelsea Bike Lanes Become Even Greener

Senator Tom Duane, here with Chelsea Garden Club members in front of a volunteer's handiwork at 25th & Ninth Avenue, championed the pit gardens and got the green light to plant in the bike-lane tree pits. Senator Tom Duane, here with Chelsea Garden Club members in front of a volunteer's handiwork at 25th & Ninth Avenue, championed the pit gardens and got the green light to plant in the bike-lane tree pits.
 

We would like to give a shout out to our friends at the Chelsea Garden Club.

These hard-working volunteers have adopted the tree pits along 8th and 9th Avenues and transformed them into mini-gardens filled with beautiful flowers, grasses, and shrubs.

The tree pits are a new addition to the neighborhood. They arrived in 2007 when the City installed new bike lanes along the avenues and protected them from traffic with a row of parking and curbed pedestrian islands. Each pit was planted with one solitary tree, and quickly became the site of dog waste and other refuse.

Thus, the Chelsea Garden Club was born. They held their first gathering in January, and since then they have worked with Senator Tom Duane and the City to become stewards of the empty beds and pack them with plants. With Senator Duane's help, the City has stepped up to create a formal "adoption" process for the tree pits, and to provide support with the watering and weeding to help keep the plants healthy during the busy growing season. In recent weeks, the volunteers have been hard at work planting more than 1,000 bulbs courtesy of the Daffodil Project by New Yorkers for Parks. We can’t wait until next spring, when the tree pits come alive with the iconic yellow daffodils and other spring perennials the club has planted this year.

WATCH A VIDEO to learn more about the Chelsea Garden Club and their handiwork.

If you're interested in getting involved, you can learn more about their projects and meeting times on their blog.

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