Neighborhood Gardener Program

Hudson River Park’s Neighborhood Gardener Volunteers are instrumental to the community, contributing vital support and substantial efforts to keep our four miles of waterfront parklands healthy and thriving. Since launching in 2013, the program has grown considerably, with participants contributing nearly 900 hours in 2016 — the equivalent of an additional full-time gardener for the entire summer season!

Neighborhood Gardener Volunteers experience a unique side of the Park, working alongside trained horticulture staff to cultivate their green thumbs through fun tasks — such as planting, pruning, weeding, and mulching — while learning about the flora and fauna along our beloved west side “backyard.”

Opportunities are available weekday mornings (9 AM—12 PM) from April through November, and orientations and trainings are regularly held to provide a comprehensive overview of our organization and build skills and techniques. No experience is necessary — everyone from beginners to garden enthusiasts are welcome!

Benefits of becoming a Neighborhood Gardener:

  • Impact your local community
  • Meet fellow committed neighbors
  • Learn more about the unique Hudson River Park environment
  • Invitations to Annual Thank You Event (exclusive “insider” events)
  • Hudson River Park Volunteer T-shirt
  • Valuable training from professional horticulturists


  • Must be 16 years of age or older
  • Must attend an orientation and/or Park tour
  • Minimum commitment of six hours a month

Interested in lending a hand (and digging it into the dirt)? Email to learn more about how you can get involved in your Park.