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Parque y granja vecinal Pershing Avenue

Providing a focal point for community health and wellness and a training ground for entrepreneurship.

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Structural racism in the U.S. housing system resulted in efforts such as redlining — the discriminatory practice of denying services (typically financial) to residents of certain areas based on their race or ethnicity — causing decades of disinvestment and racial segregation in Poughkeepsie. The neighborhood surrounding Pershing Park was labeled as a “red” and “undesirable” area by the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation. This prohibited families from securing loans and building equity, and escalated poor housing conditions, inadequate infrastructure, and economic instability. Ask Northside residents about the wooded property that sat behind Pershing Park for many years, and many will tell you it was under-resourced, and that its seclusion and lack of lighting invited illicit activity.

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Granja vecinal y parque renovado

Through working with community members and local stakeholders, this quarter-acre site has been transformed into the Pershing Avenue Community Garden and Neighborhood Farm, created in response to needs voiced by residents to support and build healthy lifestyles for children and families, and provide quality education programs for people of all ages. In spring 2021, local residents began growing their own produce in the community garden. The following year, operations commenced at an educational farm that supplies fresh fruits and vegetables to neighborhood families and local bodegas and restaurants. The farm also provides opportunities for Poughkeepsie youth that teach life and work skills through hands-on experiences in farming and gardening, health and nutrition, and entrepreneurship and leadership. Along with the new farm, the City of Poughkeepsie committed funding and is making  improvements to adjacent Pershing Avenue Park, including rebuilding and replacing the existing basketball court and playground as well as new park furniture and landscaping.

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Un punto de enfoque para la salud y el bienestar

The Pershing Avenue Community Garden and Neighborhood Farm will be a focal point for community health and family wellness, a training ground for entrepreneurship, and a welcoming place for joyful celebrations. Just a five-minute walk from 3,800 households, it also will play a critical role in reducing food insecurity, hunger, and childhood obesity. The improved Pershing Avenue Park will offer opportunities for active recreation and more inviting spaces for relaxation and for family and neighborhood gatherings.

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