The Pat Mangini Garden at Pershing Field

The Pershing Field Garden Friends are delighted to extend a heartfelt invitation to the community to celebrate the life and environmental stewardship of a dear friend and community member with the official dedication of The Pat Mangini Garden on June 9th, 2018. Pat was instrumental in planting and maintaining the gardens in Pershing Field Park for years and he has been sorely missed since his death in 2013. The outpouring of admiration for Pat at a memorial in the park inspired his family to make a generous donation to the Pershing Field Garden Friends in his name for the continued beautification of the park. A portion of this donation was used to create The Pat Mangini Garden.

Tim Keating, principle of Earthbilt Landscapes, designed the garden site. Other than the plants that Pat had rescued, and were left in place in his honor, the design used only plants native to eastern North America and incorporated native stones salvaged from a local development site, to echo Jersey City’s original natural ecosystems. The native plants will provide more food to native butterflies and bees, greater resilience in the face of the changing climate and be lower maintenance that the lawn that they are replacing. In fact, the garden is expected to achieve zero runoff, even in the heaviest downpours and will serve as a great model for landscaping in other parks, residences and commercial developments. Many volunteers contributed to the installation of this beautiful space that has already been enjoyed by many in the community and promises to delight for years to come.

Enjoy light refreshments and the birds and bees at the native garden while honoring Pat’s legacy and the enhancement of the passive areas of Pershing Field. Join us and find out more about volunteering to help us continue to enhance Pershing Field Park.

Where: Pershing Field Park, 201 Central Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307

(Summit Avenue at Carlton Ave entrance near The Pershing Field Ice Rink)

Date: Saturday, June 9th, 2018

Time: 11am – 1pm

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Spring Awakening

Saturday, May 19(Cancelled due to rain)

Sunday, May 20 – Spring Awakening, garden prep and mulch. 9 AM – 1 PM

Saturday, June 2 – Spring Awakening, garden prep, mulch, and select planting. 9 AM – 1 PM

Saturday, June 16 – Spring Planting. 9 AM – 3 PM


Meet at the Arch on Summit Ave. for all events. Gloves and tools will be provided.

Gardening can be a dirty business, be sure to wear appropriate clothing.

Volunteer hours are available for most events for those that have a need.

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Regular PFGF Meeting – May 2018

Pershing Field Garden Friends
General Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, May 15th at 7 PM
Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Center


In conjunction with the Pershing Field Neighborhood Association we will be hosting Attorney Jeffrey Lewis who will present a proposed plan for 16 Troy St and an adjacent parcel for the development of 9 residential units with 9 car parking. Please see the plans below.

16 Troy Street plans

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Spring Bouquets 2018 Thank You

Pershing Field Garden Friends™ (PFGF) celebrated the first weekend of spring on Friday night at the new La Unica Bakery and Cafe on Central Ave for its annual Fundraiser, Spring Bouquets – an evening of poetry, prose and song to benefit the gardens at Pershing Field. We thank the proprietors of La Unica, Eric and Jason for providing a warm & inviting venue and tasty treats and beverages.

We kicked off the fourth year of our popular Solstice Series, emceed by PFGF™’s very own Mauro Altamura. Again, he was instrumental in connecting us to talented writers and the rich musical talent right here in our neighborhood. Ananda Lima and Sanjay Agnihotri shared their powerful poetry and prose…insightful, sensitive and often times amusing. The talented musician Addie Mahmassani rounded out the night in song featuring her original, soulful creations and a few Bob Dylan & Joni Mitchell favorites. She was accompanied on trumpet by her good friend Max. What a duo!

We were pleased to announce the new Pershing Field Garden Friends officers: Debby DeVenezia, president; Jill Koprowski, vice president, Josephine Sita, treasurer and Diane Brown, secretary and board members Laura Skolar and Tim Keating.

Thanks to our sponsors, attorney and neighbor Eugene O’Connell and Cara Development for their continued support. We are grateful for Susan Newman from Susan Newman Design Inc. and Remco Press for creating our promotional materials, Jeff Kaplowitz of Liberty Realty for donating the door prize, and Central Ave Liquors for donating the wine. Most importantly, we thank our community for their unwavering support.

Mark your calendars for our other Solstice Series summer and fall events: Friday, June 22nd and Friday, September 21st – a guaranteed fun night for a good cause.

If you are interested in volunteering for our organization please email

Spring Bouquets 2018 photos of the event

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