“From coastal resiliency and sustainable green practices to the preservation of affordable housing, world-class public art, and vibrant, year-round programming in award-winning public spaces, Battery Park City leads the way in many of the measures that makes cities livable."

Raju Mann

President & CEO
  • 10/04
  • BPC People
  • Community
  • Environment


BPC Parks Happenings is a monthly “snapshot” of the Authority’s work in maintaining Battery Park City’s parks and public spaces. Scroll down to see what’s on tap for October.

Ebbs & Flows: Children’s play area and dog run water features throughout Battery Park City will begin shut down for the season starting this week.

Bursting with Bulbs: BPCA will be receiving and planting approximately 50,000 daffodils, tulips, and other spring flowering plants, like native spring ephemerals, to increase the beauty and biodiversity of our parks. These plants also help provide an early season food source for the native bees and pollinators that call BPC home.

Smart Planning: Our Parks Operations team will be preparing the Authority’s snow equipment for the upcoming winter season. Read more re: BPCA’s Snow Operations

Plastic Pittance: BPCA receives thousands of plastic pots housing the plants that end up in Battery Park City’s gardens. While traditionally difficult to recycle, this month we’ll be returning nearly 5,000 pots to a vendor for recycling or reuse – resulting in approximately 1,300 pounds of plastic diverted from landfill.

Seeping Through: BPC’s permeable pavers have proven to be able to handle the rain, even in the heaviest of downpours. Look for signage coming soon that explains the two different color pavers installed this summer in Rockefeller Park!

Rodent Reduction: Rat Ice applications will be applied this month at rat burrows throughout BPC. Rat ice is a more environmentally-friendly form of rat control that does not impact non-target organisms like birds or squirrels.

Throwing Shade: Our Horticultural team will be planting four new native elm trees in tree pits along South End Avenue this month.

Calling All Volunteers! BPCA’s Horticulture team is looking for volunteers who would like to join us in completing gardening tasks like weeding, watering, and deadheading of plants. Please reach out to info@bpca.ny.gov for a volunteer application and more info.

Our Path to Zero! As a decades-long leader in sustainability, BPCA is striving to divert 90% of what is sent to landfill! To continue helping toward our Zero Waste goal, we ask that you rethink what you throw away in the parks, and please recycle or compost items.

(And remember to save your pumpkins post-Halloween for composting in our annual BPC pumpkin drop program! Stay tuned for more information coming soon about pumpkin composting locations.)

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