No matter what borough you live in, every New Yorker needs an open space to escape to every once in a while. With the weather slowly getting warmer, and New York Cares Day Spring coming up next week, we thought we’d highlight some of the great work our volunteers will be doing in our city’s parks.
On April 21st, volunteers will weed, seed, and bring an ornamental bed in Gantry Plaza State Park back to life. In just one day, volunteers will complete work that would take a parks staff member 2 months to complete. Gantry Plaza Park is located in Long Island City, Queens and looks over the East River and East Side of Manhattan. Historically, the site was a key location for shipping goods between Queens and Manhattan, and is a key part of New York City’s waterfront revitalization plan. Our work on New York Cares Day Spring will help keep the park in a healthy and beautiful state for the growing community of Long Island City to enjoy.
Another park in Queens is one of the most used parks in New York City, and will also get a good sprucing up next Saturday. Rockaway Beach encompasses more than 170 acres of sun and sand, and attracts sunbathers, surfboarders, skateboarders, and more people looking to spend a day outside. Rockaway Beach is still recovering from heavy damage from Hurricane Irene, leaving park staff short-handed to prepare for the busy summer months. Volunteers will work the beach from Beach 9th Street to Beach 17th and beyond removing debris from sand dunes to beautify the beach.
Hattie Carthan Community Garden not only houses the city’s only still standing landmarked tree, but it’s one of the most beloved community gardens in Brooklyn. The garden engages hundreds of community members and children each year, and grows hundreds of pounds of produce for a farmer’s market, raises chickens, and serves as an important education center. On New York Cares Day Spring, volunteers will replace worn lumber throughout the garden, build new benches, re-paint signs, and prepare the garden for spring.
Tomorrow is the last day to join a team for New York Cares Day Spring. Make a difference in a park in your neighborhood this spring and sign up today.
By Susan Torres