Building Community From the Inside Out

A Crime Hotspot Called the "Mudhole"
Becomes a Home for Learning and Butterflies

Visionary Doreen Abubakar, founder of CPEN and a coalition of residents, advocates and others, transformed a former drug market green-space area into a bonafide community gem.

The Park sits on New Haven's Farmington Canal Green-way. Now the community boasts of a butterfly garden, farmers markets, bike repair station and a communication kiosk.

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Change! It All Happens Here
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Engagement Request/Contact

Our Volunteers Make Everything Possible! 2022 will bring with it a fresh start for us all and undoubtedly a new set of challenges, I invite you to learn more about our mission, and resolve to make CPEN a part of your new year.

Latest News & Events

Latest News & Events

Stay in the know with our latest news upcoming events, project updates, FAQs and more. We have amazing projects and events in the works that you don't want to miss. 


Urbanscapes Native Plant Nursery Project

CPENs, Urbanscapes Natives Nursery Project, partnered with the Menunkatuck Audubon Society to apply for funding to create a native plant nursery in New Haven.