Hundreds attend annual Kingsland Wildflowers Festival
by Benjamin Fang
Sep 26, 2018 | 2560 views | 0 0 comments | 105 105 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An annual community event celebrating green roofs, local wildlife and environmental conservation drew hundreds of community members on Saturday.

The third annual Kingsland Wildflowers Festival, located at the northeastern tip of Greenpoint, offered something for all, including children’s activities, musical performances and even free food.

Participants were able to check out the Kingsland Wildflowers green roof, which supports native wildlife and acts as a space for educational programming and sustainable practices.

Niki Jackson, the project’s coordinator with New York City Audubon, said the community-oriented event allows people to come together, share ideas and get involved with local environmental efforts.

“It’s also important that we start to reimagine the world in which we live and the community in which we live,” she said. “As the world changes, we have to keep up.”

In the three years Jackson has run the event, not only have the plants on the green roof matured and developed, but the attendance at the festival has tripled.

“It’s been such an overwhelming turnout and amount of support, it’s wonderful,” she said. “It means a great deal to me to have neighbors like that. That speaks volumes to the Greenpoint community at large.”

The site at 520 Kingsland Avenue is owned and operated by Broadway Stages, which has provided space for many local groups for their green activities. The company also matched the funding provided by the GCEF grant for the Kingsland Wildflowers green roof.

Assemblyman Joseph Lentol added that the festival, which attracts all kinds of families from the neighborhood, shows how tight-knit the community is.

“Young and old, hipster and seniors like me, and other folks who are really dedicated and interested in the environment,” he said. “To have something like this demonstrates how something can be achieved, even in a community like this that has been long damaged by environmental factors.”

The team behind the Kingsland Wildflowers project, which is funded by the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund (GCEF), is now working with a strategic consultant to determine a path forward for long-term funding. GCEF funding ends next July.

“I am quite optimistic that we can see a long life ahead for the project and for the community,” Jackson said. “We have to be flexible in letting this project evolve, just like nature.”
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