Randalls Island Park Alliance

Friends Indeed

In Randall's Island, Rock Garden on May 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Eunyoung with Bob deciding on the correct size gravel

By Phyllis Odessey

When you garden on an island, you need to make the most of the resources available, even when you are technically on an island in the middle of East River, which is classified as Manhattan by zip code.

Since Eunyoung and I arrived on Randall’s, we have interacted with the other city agencies on the island.  One of our  closest neighbors,  are the firemen who are instructors at the Fire Academy on Randall’s Island.  These group of guys have been giving  us their time and expertise for almost six years.  Their generosity has been overwhelming.

Working for a nonprofit is incredibly rewarding and often challenging.  We are expanding the Rock Garden, located near the ferry dock, and we needed gravel for the surface under the soil line. We received quotes from potential vendors, but they were all out of our financial grasp.  As we often do when we have a problem of this nature, we thought about who could help us.  The firemen immediately came to mind.

On Monday the firemen took us an amazing place for our gravel.  A kind of recycling center for gravel, sand and small rocks.  Towers of gravel, every shape, size and color.  We found exactly what we were looking for at a reasonable price.

Friendship is so important in life and at work.  We could not accomplish what we do without the assistance of our friends on Randall’s Island.

Special Thanks to:
Wally, Danny, Skip, Paddy, Bob and all the other firemen  at the Fire Academy for helping us make gardens on Randall’s Island.


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