URI works with local New Haven community groups and residents to replant, restore, and reclaim the urban environment. We are indebted to their commitment to building equity across the city's park system and helping to facilitate the work of the many Greenspace groups they support. URI serves as our fiscal agent and includes us under its 401(c)3 umbrella.
The Department of Parks and Trees is responsible for the stewardship of the Elm City’s 2,200 plus acres of parkland and the tree belt. Our group depends on the department for all mowing tasks, trail maintenance, mulch supplies, and trash removal. We rely on the expertise of the City's landscape architect when we identify an infrastructure project we would like to aid in accomplishing or amenities we would like to add to the park.
Since 2008 FERP has run a Youth@Work program. Each summer four to six high school aged students earn minimum wage working about 120 hours over a four or five week period of time. We are indebted to the folks at the Department of Youth and Recreation for administering the hiring and compensation of the youth.
FERP depends on the expertise of the Engineering Department for large infrastructure projects most notably the stairway leading up from Rice Field to English Drive which required buttressing the roadway and installing a new sidewalk!
mActivity is a fitness center that features a cafe, a reading/gathering area, and a community room that can be booked for meetings and community events. Prior to the pandemic FERP's monthly meetings were held at mActivity and we look forward to returning.
CFGNH is a philanthropic institution that provides a community's permanent charitable endowment by establishing permanent funds or making gifts to existing funds that distribute grants to a broad variety of issues and organizations. We are indebted to them for yearly financial support and we encourage members to consider including the CFGNH in their estate planning. CFGNH facilitated the large gift from the Olga M. Trowbridge to the City of New Haven in memory of her husband Hayes Q. Trowbridge which enabled the construction of the Trowbridge Environmental Center.
AVANGRID, Inc. is a leading, sustainable energy company, owning eight electric and natural gas utilities that serve customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates 7.1 gigawatts of electricity capacity, primarily through wind power. Employees of Avangrid and their families have turned out enmasse one Saturday each September for a community service event.
REI in Milford, CT has partnered with a number of local parks in Connecticut to help raise funds for trail maintenance and rehabilitation. We are indebted to REI for providing two large grants that paid for Betty's Way (the extension of the White Trail that created a smooth, safe passage to the Cedar Hill neighborhood) and the repair to hand railings leading up to the Giant Steps along with drainage and step improvements.
Quinnipiac University hosts an annual service day in early April called 'The Big Event'. Students from QU have been instrumental in cleaning up East Rock Park after long winters to prepare for spring. Each time they appear it is as if the cavalry has arrived to save the day. The amount of work these young future leaders accomplish in three short hours never ceases to amaze.
Running a holiday sale or weekly special? Definitely promote it here to get customers excited about getting a sweet deal. Yale University hosts an annual service day in May called Yale Day of Service. Members of the Yale community, including many alumni, have repeatedly dedicated their time and energy to major spring cleanups. FERP is grateful to Christina Coffin who has always served as the liaison and marshalled the Yale troops.
The East Rock Brewing Company teamed up with FERP to host a Clean and Green Happy Hour. FERP members spent time cleaning the park and finished the day off with a pint at the East Rock Brewing Co.