Friends of Ryan Park are set to receive a grant for $5,000 from McDonald’s Tri-State Owner-Operators next month in support their gardening entrepreneurial program.
The award of the grant will be marked with an event on Friday, Sept. 20th at 12:30pm at Ryan Park with local public officials and representatives of McDonalds on hand to present the check, according to a release from McDonald's Tri-State Owner-Operators.
By teaming up with SAVE (Serving All Vessels Equally), a mentoring program formed by 16 local churches, teens learn about organic gardening and a day camp incorporates reading, math, and science utilizing the gardens.
Friends of Ryan Park provides an oasis in a low income inner city area by maintaining the park and its dwarf fruit trees, gardens and amphitheater. The 501(c)(3) was founded in 2009 to save Ryan Park from being replaced by a building. Ryan Park is on the corner of Raymond and Day Streets in South Norwalk.
Friends of Ryan Park is one of six nonprofits across the Tri-State area selected to receive funds from the McDonald’s New York Metro Nutrition Network, an initiative that provides funds to build or enhance existing grassroots nutrition programs.