Bronx Community Advocates, and Gardiner Foundation Celebrate St. James Park Renovations with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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The event unveiled the park’s refurbished soccer field and basketball, tennis, and handball courts

Bronx youths now have a safer place to play and socialize at St. James Park, thanks to Dexter Gardiner of The Gardiner Foundation and sponsor, After several years of anticipation, a ribbon cutting ceremony unveiled the park’s new pristine soccer field, basketball court, and soon-to-be handball and tennis courts on October 30, 2015.

Construction began this year after the Gardiner Foundation’s 10th Annual Memorial Basketball Tournament, but Bronx community advocate, Dexter Gardiner, had been championing the project for over two years. The improvements were funded in part by Bronx Councilman Fernando Cabrera who pledged a $1-million to the project from his district’s discretionary fund.

“I am proud that the renovations of the turf field and the basketball court at St. James Park are complete and the community will now be able to take advantage of these amenities,” said Councilman Fernando Cabrera. “I want to extend a special thank you to Dexter Gardiner and The Gardiner Foundation for all of their cooperation and hard work to complete this project.”

Commissioner of NYC Parks and Recreation Mitchell J. Silver, Bronx Councilman Fernando Cabrera, Commissioner of Bronx Parks and Recreation Iris Rosa Rodriguez, and students from the local PS 246 School joined The Gardiner Foundation at the monumental celebration.

Sponsor,, has worked closely with the Gardiner Foundation since 2009, supporting their annual charity events, and see these renovations as a major accomplishment.

“There was collaboration between so many government offices to not only get funding for the park renovations, but also to make sure they were done in a way that would not adversely affect the community,” said Jeff Korek, Senior Trial Partner at Gersowitz Libo and Korek, P.C. “We really appreciate the efforts of Councilman Cabrera, Commissioner Rodriguez, Senator Gustavo Rivera. “Without them, this project would not have been possible.”

The next event scheduled at St. James Park is the Gardiner Foundation’s 6th Annual Gardiner Memorial Turkey Giveaway on November 21, 2015 at 9 a.m., where 600 Thanksgiving meals will be given to Bronx families.

The Gardiner Foundation accepts donations year-round which will go towards scholarships, the foundation’s Tru-Talk Program, Memorial Basketball Tournament, Turkey Give-Away, and mentoring trips. Those who wish to contribute can visit: or send a check made payable to ‘The Gardiner Foundation’ at Gersowitz Libo and Korek, P.C., 111 Broadway, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10006. Donations are tax deductible.

About Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. and the Gardiner Foundation
The experienced personal injury/medical malpractice attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. have aggressively fought for victims’ rights in New York and New Jersey for over 30 years. They are dedicated to the pursuit of justice for those who have suffered in the face of negligence or recklessness in the courtroom and beyond. They lend an advocacy hand as sponsors for worthy initiatives.

The Gardiner Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) charity that was established in 2006 by Dexter Gardiner, in memory of six of his family members whose lives were lost in a car accident on the Bronx River Parkway. The Foundation offers a variety of support to community members experiencing various social and financial needs, ranging from college scholarships to burial assistance, spiritual mentoring and guidance.

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