Summer youth program applications now available

Applications for the Lee Barta Community Center summer youth program are being accepted through July 1st! Pick one up at 108 Liberty Street, Binghamton, NY 13901. Pass the word along to any 1st-5th graders you know- we start July 8th!


Press Conference Tomorrow!

Tomorrow at 10am, a press conference will be held at Lee Barta Community Center to announce our Open House on Monday, June 24th at 4:30pm! 

The press conference will address the re-opening of the center, as well as our summer youth program. The Open House will showcase the same; come by Monday to pick up applications if interested!

Lee Barta Community Center Open House

We’re excited to announce that on Monday, June 24th from 4:30pm-6pm, there will be an Open House at Lee Barta Community Center to celebrate its reopening! 

In addition to this celebration, attendees will also hear more about and be able to pick up applications for our summer youth program! This program runs July 8th- August 15th, 9am-2pm on Mondays-Thursdays. North Side children grades 1-5 are encouraged to apply, although space is limted and priority is given to 3rd-5th graders. 

Refreshments will be served. Come by and talk to your neighbors while checking out our newly-renovated facilities. Exciting things are in store this summer!

On the horizon…

Are you wondering what the next big thing on the North Side will be? So are we! Let us know your thoughts, concerns and ideas for improving your neighborhood. We are here to help grow your dream community!


In the meantime, don’t forget: North Side Neighborhood Assembly meetings are the first Thursday of every month- come voice your opinions at the Centenary Chenango Street United Methodist Church then.*

*no meeting in July, due to Independence Day.

I Love my Block: It’s here!

Over the weekend, the much-anticipated I Love my Block event finally took place with stunning results! Over 80 community members from 5 blocks participated in the neighborhood clean-up and planting. Over 400 plants and herbs were planted, and many bags worth of garbage were collected around the North Side. To reward everyone’s hard work, a celebration was held afterward with lots of yummy food, fun and awards. 

Not only did we catch the attention of our neighbors; we also caught the eyes and ears of some local news outlets! Take a look at what WBNG and Pressconnects had to say:



Look on for some beautiful pictures from the day, and thanks to all of those who came out to make this event a success!


All lined up and ready to be delivered!


Mucho mulch! Each block got 5 hanging baskets, 10 bags of mulch, planting boxes, and many, many flowers and herbs.


Lots of eager helpers on Liberty Street at the Lee Barta Community Center!


The cleanup crew, making its way down Liberty Street.


State Street residents divying up their plants.


One of our little helpers!


Some volunteers on Lockwood Street. It might have been a cloudy day, but boy are they colorful!


Getting to work on Cary Street.


Fun and games at our afterparty celebration!




Enjoying a well-earned lunch at State Street Park.


The day’s delicious food, prepared by Centenary Chenango Street United Methodist Church. Yum! 

As you can see, this event was a blast. Here’s looking forward to many more years of I Love my Block!



Congratulations to I Love My Block Participating Blocks!


Congratulations to the 5 blocks participating in the first annual I Love My Block!

The following blocks will be celebrating the North Side by beautifying their blocks on June 8th: Lockwood Street, Cary Street, Liberty Street (between Frederick Street and Robinson Street), Virgil Street, and State Street (between Bevier Street and Cary Street).

Thank you block captains for organizing your blocks!