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HOME GR/OWN - 2018/19 Northwestern Mutual Foundation Pocket Park Amenities Grant  

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ECO HOME GR/OWN received a substantial grant from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation to take 3 2015 HOME GR/OWN pocket parks to the next level.

Grant objectives

  • Add amenities and create a sustainable maintenance plan for 3 pocket parks: Metcalfe Rising Park, 34th & Center in the Metcalfe Park neighborhood; Amani Community Orchard, 22nd & Locust and Dr. Carter Park, 24th PL & Burleigh in the Amani neighborhood.
  • Metcalfe Rising Park will add shade sails and a grill. Shade sails will be removed each winter.
  • Add greater and improved seating at all 3 sites. Trash cans at all 3 sites.
  • Landscape upgrades: more trees and shrubs, mulch, path maintenance and native plants/annual flowers.

carter hardscape
New benches and hardscape at Carter park New trees, bushes, bench and stump walk
Aerial of Arbor Day participants Arbor Day tree planting crew
Renovated stump walk at Amani Orchard The new Amani Community Orchard
Tree planting on Arbor Day New bushes and mulch at Amani Orchard

Project Status - September, 2019

  • Shade sails reinstalled at Metcalfe Rising Park in May. 
  • Replaced the stump walk feature at Amani Orchard. 
  • Grill installation at Metcalfe Rising Park this summer.
  • New hardscape installed at Carter Park (City-funded) leveraging the NML investment.
  • Arbor Day in April resulted in new fruit trees at Amani Orchard.
  • New bushes, rocks, tree trimming and path maintenance at Amani Orchard

Project Status - April, 2019

  • Shade sails will be reinstalled at Metcalfe Rising Park in April. Grill installation, spring 2019.
  • Arbor Day event planned to install new trees at Amani Orchard.
  • Carter Park will recieve new hardscaping via a City project not funded by NML, summer 2019.
  • Additional landscaping in spring 2019.

Project Status - December 15, 2018

  • Project is 70% complete
    • Shade sails and furniture installed at Metcalfe Rising Park in November, 2018; grill installation, spring 2019.
    • Major site cleanup at Amani Orchard this summer (thanks NML employee volunteers!); new furniture & trash can installed in November.
    • Major site cleanup at Carter Park this summer (ditto); new furniture and trash can installed in November.
    • Additional landscaping in spring 2019.



  • 2013 Bloomberg Mayors Challenge Finalist
  • 2015 LISC MANDI Award
  • 2015 SXSW ECO Place By Design
  • 2015 Mayor's Design Award
  • 2017 Harvard Innovations in American Government Semi-Finalist
  • 2018 Mayor's Design Award
  • 2018 LISC MANDI Award
  • 2018 RWJ Foundation Culture Of Health Semi-Finalist

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