Last year, Two Tree Management introduced PUTTING GREEN, an 18-hole climate change-themed mini golf course with the goal of educating and enlightening visitors on climate change in a fun and creative way, and the course is set to reopen this May.
Local artists, environmental advocacy organizations, public agencies, and community and school groups across the city worked together to design the course to “showcase the problems and solutions for some of the most pressing climate change issues facing our planet.”
Each hole focuses on a specific theme surrounding climate change, ranging from animal habitats, energy, green and blue infrastructure, and emissions. You’ll be able to try for a hole-in-one through salvaged marine debris and other sustainably sourced materials.
Even the design focal point is a large globe made from scraps of leftover turf and recycled plastic bottle caps.
In addition, the curbing around the course is made from 100% recycled tires and every plant on display was intentionally chosen “for their native habitat qualities and to complement the existing self-seeded landscape.”
“This mini golf course is an opportunity to start a conversation with players of all ages about climate change and its impacts,” said Managing Director with Two Trees, David Lombino. “We’re confident that PUTTING GREEN will help facilitate much-needed conversations about how to protect the environment and, even more specifically, the Williamsburg waterfront while still providing a beautiful open space for everyone.”
With rather affordable prices offered ($10 Adults & $5 Kids/Seniors), the course encourages accessibility to all community members. PUTTING GREEN has ultimately provided a space for the neighborhood to come together in an innovative and amusing way to further understand the issues they face with resiliency and sustainability in their community.
A portion of the profits made will be donated to NYC organizations that prioritize climate change. Last year such organizations included the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Newton Creek Alliance.
With sustainable neighbor, River Street Farm Collective (a 25,000 square foot space for composting, sustainable farming techniques, in addition to research and education), right next to PUTTING GREEN, there’s even more of an opportunity for visitors to engage in a conversation on climate change.
Last year food trucks and local businesses provided food and beverage options to both visitors of PUTTING GREEN and the River Street Farm Collective and hopefully they will return this season as well. See more information on their website.
Where: River St. & North 1st St., Brooklyn