Originally called IPRP 1970, INC. WILD & WOODLAND GARDEN, was converted from an abandoned neighborhood dump into its present day communal oasis. City Officials were later convinced by Mrs. Reynolds to replace the well established dog toilet along the front of what is now called Bruce’s Garden (dedicated 2002) with an appropriate sidewalk.
UPPER ISHAM PARK/ WATER SERVICE
December 9, 1970 Isham Park Restoration Program 1970, Inc. in collaboration with Public Officials, neighborhood leaders and other community service programs, joined to convince DPR to completely Rehabilitate Upper Isham Park and Ginkgo Tree (landmark) due to gang activity and vandalism (disabled water fountain, burned or destroyed park benches, graffiti, layers of broken glass, roaming dirt paths…). Upon completion however, the infrastructure for water service was completely covered and never restored.
It has been our perseverance and call to restore Water Service in Isham Park since its removal. By summers end 2015 water should return to Isham Park due to substantial funding from Councilman Robert Jackson.
UPDATE: Water has been officially returned to Isham Park.
THE 200+ YEAR OLD GINKGO TREE
•Preserving and restoring the area since the 70’s
•Preventing tree houses from being installed by neighborhood gangs
•A decades long effort curtailing erosion using agricultural and landscaping techniques
•We would like the official DPR informational sign on the GinkgoTree’s history to be replaced
During the mid 80’s, IPRP 1970, Inc. helped initiate and organize the creation of the Greenstreets Circle found within the cul-de-sac of Park Terrace East on the northern edge of Isham Park.
MEMORIAL CIRCLE PATH
Our constant monitoring and concern is responsible for the thinning and/ or removal of overgrown bushes and shrubs to prevent the homeless from setting up residencies within, a hazard to themselves and residents.
BROADWAY CORRIDOR (SOUTH OF LIFFY’S BAR II)
A constant work in progress. It has been cleared, monitored and maintained on many occasion.
MEMORIAL GARDEN ISHAM CIRCLE
In conjunction with Inwood Rotary Club, installed and maintains this garden which honors the memory of those Inwood community members who lost their lives on 9/11.