Assemblyman Dinowitz Cuts Ribbon on New Garden and Terrace at Riverdale Senior Services

Assemblyman Dinowitz secured $175K in state funds for new garden and terrace, awning, handicap-accessible lift

Bronx, NY – Assemblyman Dinowitz was joined by Riverdale Senior Services Executive Director Julia Schwartz-Leeper, Council Member Andrew Cohen, representatives from the offices of Congressman Engel and State Senator Klein, and dozens of seniors to cut the ribbon on a new garden and terrace for Riverdale Senior Services. Assemblyman Dinowitz allocated approximately $175,000 in state funds for the project, which included new raised garden beds, new steps, new doors, an awning, a seating area, fencing, and a handicap-accessible lift. Students from the Horace Mann School installed the raised garden beds, which will grow a variety of herbs and spices.

“I am proud to secure funding for these improvements to Riverdale Senior Services, an organization that contributes positively to the community in innumerable ways,” said Assemblyman Dinowitz. “This project closely follows ADA guidelines, including a new lift that will allow seniors in wheelchairs and walkers access to this space for the first time. The beautiful new garden and terrace, named for Julia Blumenthal, a founding member of Riverdale Senior Services, is a place where seniors can stay active, spend time with friends, and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Bronx and Manhattan.”

Julia Schwartz-Leeper, Executive Director of Riverdale Senior Services, said, “The older adults in our community are so thrilled to have a space where they can walk on a safe, flat surface, dig in the dirt or just enjoy some fresh air with friends. We are so appreciative of Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz for supporting this dream and helping us create this beautiful space. It is a wonderful addition to our Center on our 40th Anniversary. Thank you also to The Horace Mann School and their Service Learning Team who planted our garden. Without these partnerships we could not provide the extensive programming and services which make RSS such a special community resource. Just wait until you see the view!”

Riverdale Senior Services, Inc. (RSS) is a multipurpose non-profit agency whose mission is to promote the physical, intellectual, social and emotional well-being of older adults. Programs and services take place at a community facility and are designed to encourage and enable healthy living and living independently within one’s own community. RSS offers a wide range of educational and health related programs including exercise, bridge, computer classes and health management in addition to delicious homemade meals. Free membership is available to all residents of New York City over the age of 60. For more information, please call 718-884-5900.