PFGF Call for Volunteers

Pershing Field Garden Friends Community Planting – Part 2

Saturday, June 17, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – PFGF volunteers will be continuing to add plants to the Patrick Mangini Memorial Garden – Meet at the arch. Planting happening on the Summit Avenue side of the park just south of Carlton Ave by the ice rink.

Spend as little or as much time as you can spare. Anything is appreciated.

Students will receive community service credits. Sign up for a watering team or confirm your attendance:

Pershing Field Garden planting

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PFGF Successfully Completes 15th Annual Community Planting

Pershing Field Garden Friends (PFGF) successfully completed its fifteenth Annual Community Planting at Pershing Field on June 3, 2017.

We would like to thank all those who volunteered their time in beautifying our existing planting beds and for the installation of the new Patrick Mangini Memorial Garden. This garden pays tribute to Pat, a selfless steward of Pershing Field, who devoted countless hours of his life to the beautification and care of the park’s gardens and green spaces. Tragically, he passed away in 2013.

The site was designed by Tim Keating, principle of Earthbilt Landscapes. We are grateful for his creativity and vision. Other than the plants that Pat had rescued, and were left in place in his honor, the design used only plants native to eastern North America. The native plants will provide more food to native butterflies and bees, greater resilience in the face of the changing climate and be lower maintenance that the lawn that they are replacing. Thanks to Dan Gans of Hoboken Brownstown Company, Tim was able to incorporate native stones salvaged from their local development site, to echo Jersey City’s original natural ecosystems. To help reduce combined sewer overflow, the design incorporated techniques to reduce runoff during storms. In fact, the garden is expected to achieve zero runoff, even in the heaviest downpours and will serve as a great model for landscaping in other parks, residences and commercial developments.

Along with our PFGF community volunteers and children, we were joined by a team of Jersey City North District police officers who were invaluable in planting 2 trees and transplanting 5 arborvitaes. We’d like to thank Community Compost Company for their donation of 5 yards of compost to enrich our soil. We appreciate local merchants, Pizza Masters and Central Ave Liquors for donating refreshments and lunch. Thanks to Sammy Ocasio, Acting Director of Jersey City Parks and Forestry and Brian Weller, Director of Jersey City Division of Architecture for their support and cooperation. As always, Pershing Field employee John Montalvo worked with us throughout the day to make everything run smoothly.

We are currently forming watering teams to care for the gardens. If you would like to volunteer or be notified of upcoming events please email or call 201-259-1800.

Pershing Field Garden Friends 15th Annual Community Planting

Pershing Field Garden Friends 15th Annual Community Planting

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A Riverview Jazz Event sponsored by Pershing Field Garden Friends

Pershing Field – Jazz in the Park

Outside the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Community Center
Wednesday, June 7th at 6:30 PM – Eric Zolan Quartet

Eric Zolan is performing with a quartet comprised of Lucine Yeghiazaryan on vocals, Kyle Koehler on organ, and Mike Camacho on drums.

Lucine Yeghiazaryan immigrated from Armenia to the United States in 2001 and has since been an active member of the New York and New Jersey Jazz scenes. She performs regularly at various venues and festivals throughout The States. She was the house singer of the National Armenian Jazz Orchestra for the 2013-2014 season and was a semifinalist in the prestigious International Monk Jazz Competition in 2014.

Kyle Koehler is one of the great organists of our time. His style is a culmination of Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, as well as his own personal vocabulary on the instrument. Kyle performs frequently in New Jersey and New York with artists such as Jerry Weldon, Ed Cherry, Peter Bernstein, and Don Braden.

Mike Camacho is a graduate of the SUNY Purchase Jazz Conservatory and currently resides in the Bronx, New York. He is a talented young drummer who as already had the opportunity to perform with the likes of Peter Bernstein, Bennie Wallace, Joe Magnarelli, and Pete Malinverni.

Eric Zolan graduated from William Paterson in 2015 and has since been performing consistently in New York and New Jersey. He has performed with Winard Harper, Bennie Wallace, Bruce Williams, Jimmy Heath, Matt Kane, as well as many others.

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Jazz. Flowers. Family. Poetry and Song.

Friday, June 2nd, 6-8:00 pm – Wild Jazz Adventure FREE at the Jersey City Reservoir. A JC Fridays event.

Saturday, June 3rd, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – PFGF Annual Community Planting – Meet at the arch. Plantings happening on the Summit Avenue side of the park. Lunch and t-shirt provided and students receive community service credits.

Wednesday, June 7th, 6:30 pm – Jazz in the Park FREE at Pershing Field. Part of the 5th Annual Riverview Jazz Festival. Featuring the Eric Zolan Quartet, outside the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Community Center.

Tuesday, June 20th, 7:00 pm – PFGF Monthly Meeting with guest speaker, Joe Napolitano, Jersey City Division of Recreation, Ward D representative, presenting FREE city programming available for our youth.

Friday, June 23rd, 7-9:00 pm – Summer Wind. An evening of Poetry, Prose and Song, at Bloomsbury Square, 942 Summit Avenue. A fundraiser to benefit the gardens of Pershing Field. Details to come.

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