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National Grid Celebrates Earth Day in Huntington Station with the Town of Huntington at One of Long Island's Largest Community Garden

National Grid partnered with the Town of Huntington for Earth Day to transform the Gateway Community Garden in Huntington Station.

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Over 75 National Grid volunteers installed a drainage system, building a bio swale, and planted flowers in celebration of Earth Day at the Gateway Community Garden in Huntington Station.

Photo by: Gateway Park Community Garden, via Facebook.

Huntington Station, NY - April 27, 2016 - National Grid partnered with the Town of Huntington for Earth Day to transform the Gateway Community Garden in Huntington Station. Over 75 National Grid volunteers installed a drainage system, building a bio swale, and planted flowers in celebration of Earth Day.

"Every day is Earth Day at National Grid and we always try to leave things better than how we found them,” said Ken Daly, President, National Grid, and New York. “But today is very special we are leaving the Gateway Community Garden better, cleaner, and greener for many years to come."

The Gateway Community Garden is a highly visible one-acre property in Huntington Station that was revitalized. The Town of Huntington purchased the property and converted it into a community garden success that utilizes the property to grow food and donates it to food banks.

Flooding was an issue at the community garden; National Grid working with the Town of Huntington developed a plan to install drainage to capture the runoff to prevent flooding of the raised planting beds. National Grid volunteers hand dug a 400 feet trench to install an underground drainage system and built a rock swale capturing runoff that flows into the newly planted rain garden. The new drainage was then buried and pea gravel was poured over the drainage creating clean clear walkways between the raised planting beds.

“I want to thank Ken Daly and the National Grid team of volunteers for their Earth Day efforts at Gateway Community Garden, including the new drainage system and the rain garden that will make the garden more environmentally efficient and enjoyable for the many gardeners and children who attend the educational programs there. Your work here demonstrates National Grid’s level of commitment to its customers and the community it serves,” said Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone.

A rain garden was built to provide environmental benefits as it captures and cleans rain water before it enters the groundwater system. Volunteers planted colorful moisture tolerant flora and they also removed litter and weeded the one-acre garden.

Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci gave National Grid’s President Ken Daly a proclamation for the volunteer work. The Town of Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci, Legislator William Spencer, Bob Conti representing Senator Marcellino, Eric Alexander of Vision Long Island and the Gateway Garden board of trustees all came to celebrate Earth Day. “National Grid’s support for Gateway Gardens comes at a perfect time for Huntington Station with two redevelopment project underway and renewed community support for revitalization,” said Eric Alexander, Director, and Vision Long Island. “Tangible improvements including a new rain garden were made from the National Grid volunteers and gave a lift to the Garden and the Huntington Station community.”

Every year National Grid chooses an Earth Day project across Long Island where they can make an impact. National Grid volunteered at Earth Day events across New York State including, Brightwaters and Staten Island.

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