BENEFITING: MARCUS GARVEY PARK ALLIANCE
The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance was founded in 1999 by Carla McIntosh and Valerie Jo Bradley with the intention of reclaiming Marcus Garvey Park from drug dealers and gangs. Today the park is a safer and more active place with a state of the art amphitheater and the restoration of the historic Harlem Fire Watch Tower is currently underway, but there is more to be done to reclaim and renovate the park for the community and beyond.
The Marcus Garvey Park is an expanded organization that mirrors the changes in the surrounding neighborhoods of East and Central Harlem. In 2014 the MGPA is launching several place making initiatives in the park including a Micro Free Library in partnership with Total Equity Now and on a much larger scale a fund raising campaign to renovate the community gathering space atop of Mount Morris in the center of the park known as the Acropolis.
Our vision is to raise 10 million dollars for restoration, renovation, design and programming over the next two years. As we move forward to building a better space in the neighborhood, we are using online tools to connect community members in the decision-making, design, and fundraising process.