In their own words...
"The Golden Trowel award will recognize groups’ commitment to enacting change in neighborhood parks through superb community activism. This year’s Golden Trowel recipient from the Bronx is Friends of Soundview Park, led by Laura Alvarez.
Since 2011, Laura Alvarez has been a dedicated volunteer with the Friends of Soundview Park. Alvarez has designed colorful promotional materials for group events, including the group’s logo. In the spring of 2011, she led a community painting project in Soundview depicting the waterfront park’s aquatic life. Alvarez has played a critical role in the development of the annual Soundview Park Summer Festival, which highlights the art and cultural programming. This year, Laura spearheaded Urban Nature Art, a series of workshops for high school students that explored the natural environment of the park through the arts."
After this I just can say thank you Carlos, Melissa, Mary, Lucy, Jaime, Lon, all the volunteers that also make possible our events and programs. Thanks Parks, PFP and life to give me such opportunities. I'm part of great things going on in the Bronx, I'm proud of many people working hard to make our neighborhoods better like Nilka with G.I.V.E or Elizabeth with Boogie Down Rides. Inspirational, encouraging and empowering.