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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

ReNU Town Hall Meeting, January 22nd

Tomorrow, January 22nd, come join us at 6 pm for our ReNU Niagara town hall meeting at the NACC, Niagara Art and Cultural Center! The scheduled town hall meetings cover the same topics so let your voice be heard at your own convenience. Hope you can make it!

ReNU will be kicking off a series of town hall style community meetings, starting next week. Whether you are a community stakeholder, a local business, or an individual resident, we would like for you to come out and have a conversation with us.

Do you have ideas for making this community a better place to live? Do you see a need that currently isn't being addressed? Do you just have a passion for the community and want to share it with other like-minded people? Then come out to one of our four meetings that are spread throughout the City of Niagara Falls!

Monday, July 1, 2013

CHNF Wellness Fair

Creating A Healthier Niagara Falls Wellness Fair at Legends Park

On Saturday June 29th, we wrapped up the Creating a Healthier Niagara Falls project. It was a great time had by all and a way for the community and partners to celebrate the end of a successful project.The weather held up after predictions of rain in the forecast. 

With over 70 participants the Wellness Fair, it was a huge success. Families came out from Phase 1 in the target area and received giveaways that will help them stay active and have fun over the summer.  

Many of our project partners attended and had informational booths where residents could learn about the services offered in right in their communities. 

There was a Zumba class, free hot dogs on wheat buns, activities for kids, and a homemade mosquito trap workshop ran by ReNU's VISTA's. 

Each resident that came was entered into a raffle for a door prize of a Wii and Wii Fit. Check out some of the pictures below! 

VISTAS offering their mosquito trap workshop

Participants of all ages dancing to Zumba!

The winner of the Wii raffle!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Highland Community Gardens Ready For Action!

Last week was a busy week for the Highland Community Garden at Kalfas Magnet School. On Wednesday the two new AmeriCorps Summer VISTA's got to work weeding the beds and prepping them for planting with families from the school.

On Thursday families from Kalfas Magnet school joined a few members of Mt. Sinai as well as Highland Community Revitalization Committee to plant the beds. The VISTAS had a great time getting to know some of the local partners and learning about the community. We planted everything! Tomatoes, jalapenos, sweet peppers, squash, collards, onions, zucchini and there was also radishes and carrots planted by the kids from Kalfas.

Check out some of the pictures below of what we planted!

Stay tuned for updates as the plants continue to grow this summer!\

-Kayla, 2013 Summer AmeriCorps VISTA at ReNU  

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012


ReNu Niagara now has a twitter, so please follow us for additional updates and info!

Happy Veterans Day

ReNu Niagara would like to wish those who have served, their families, and the Western New Yorkers who appreciate them so deeply, a happy Veterans Day.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Possible Upcoming Project

Niagara Hub has written an article about one of our programs: the Greenprint Niagara project, and their grant application. Read on for more info!

Project will convert downtown vacant lot into living classroom
The City of Niagara Falls and Greenprint Niagara, Inc. have partnered to submit a $25,000 grant application to the United States Conference of Mayors 2013 Gardens and Green Spaces Program. No matching City funds will be required if the grant is awarded. The application was submitted on October 26, 2012.
The project will convert a city owned vacant lot at 561 Third Street into a community greenspace with native plantings, a wireless internet hot-spot, and educational features to connect visitors to the region’s history and impressive natural resources. The site was selected because of its close proximity to the Niagara Gorge, the Third Street District, and the Niagara Aquarium. Pioneer Park will help draw visitors further into the City, give local educators another option for field trips, and provide a unique urban greenspace for all residents. It will also help stabilize the surrounding residential area. As a youth-focused space, Pioneer Park will help prevent sex offenders from being warehoused in the Park Place neighborhood. It will carry the same designation as a playground.
“My administration is committed to neighborhood stabilization, showcasing our natural resources, and community partnerships. The Pioneer Park Project brings all of those elements together, at zero taxpayer expense,” said Mayor Paul Dyster. “Tactical urban investments make a difference. We will continue to build momentum, and secure grant funding, to improve the downtown residential and commercial district. People around the country are talking about our approach. Pioneer Park, and continuing to work with Greenprint Niagara, Inc., and our partners, are more steps in the right direction.”
The United States Conference of Mayors grant application was supported by a wide-range of stakeholders including: Mayor Paul Dyster, Greenprint Niagara, Inc., Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, the New York State Office of Parks and Historic Preservation, Niagara County Legislator Jason Zona, Niagara Falls City Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti, the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County, the Niagara Falls City School District, the Niagara Beautification Commission, the Niagara Falls Block Club Council, Niagara University: ReNU Niagara, the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, Niagara Falls Community Development, the Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association, the Isaiah 61 Project, and the Niagara Aquarium.