B.A.R.K. (Beautifying and Restoring Kingston)
B.A.R.K. is a youth development program for high school students. B.A.R.K. participants learn skills related to environmental stewardship and community engagement. B.A.R.K. works around the City of Kingston cleaning up, painting, planting, and beautifying.
Examples of B.A.R.K projects:
- Painting projects at the Hodge Community Center, Van Buren Park, and Uptown Parklet
- Stenciling Uptown storm drains with RiverKeeper
- Bioswale Remediation in Uptown
- Planting Sunflowers and Zinnias at the YMCA and Fuller Building and at Van Buren Park
- Pollinator Project with Hudson Valley Bee Habitat
- YMCA Park Planning with KAN Landscape Design
- Utility Box Project with PUGG/DRAW
- Weekly Trash Club Kingston trash sweeps
- Trash Club Kingston's "Trash Talk video". Watch it here!
If you are a community organization and would like to partner with B.A.R.K., fill out this form. (coming soon)
History of B.A.R.K.
B.A.R.K. came about as a result of the the City of Kingston's participatory budgeting process in the summer and fall of 2018. The residents of Kingston voted to allocate City funds to the beautification of of the city as well as youth development. The City of Kingston awarded the Kingston YMCA Farm Project funds to create a youth development and beautification program in 2019.
To further our commitment to opportunities for youth, we are dedicated to continuing the B.A.R.K. program.