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The Daily Plant : Friday, January 11, 2002

GIFT GIVING FOR THOSE WHO GIVE TO PARKS


Photo by Meredith (Nestling) Freimer

The holiday spirit has been as strong as ever this winter at Parks. In December, the Work Experience Program (WEP) held its 3rd Annual Gift Drive for the children of WEP participants. Of the 1,400 WEP participants working in parks and recreation centers throughout the city, many have young children. The Annual Gift Drive allows Parks to show its appreciation for these dedicated participants whose efforts have helped New York City’s parks reach their highest levels of cleanliness in three decades.

And appreciation was shown. Breaking past records, the drive collected nearly 1,800 toys and games for the children of more than 800 WEP workers. WEP Analysts Meredith (Nestling) Freimer and Jessica (Gamelan) Schwartz coordinated this year’s drive, with tremendous assistance from the central and borough WEP offices.

Exercising holiday generosity, more than 200 Parkies responded to central WEP’s call for gift donations. Each volunteer was then matched with an individual child’s gift request. In addition, many more Parkies stopped by the central and borough WEP offices to drop off extra gifts they had purchased during their holiday shopping.

Corporate and nonprofit group donors contributed record numbers of toys this year. Marketing and Special Events successfully recruited Toys ‘R’ Us and Kids in Distressed Situations (KIDS) to supply 450 and 250 toys, respectively. Kathy (KitKat) Walker, Assistant WEP Coordinator for the Bronx, secured additional toy donations from NBC, as well as other groups.

Wrapping such a bounty of toys was no easy challenge, but Parks employees lent their helping hands. Dozens of Parkies showed up for wrapping events held at the Arsenal and Litchfield Villa. Armed with wrapping paper, scissors, and tape, these expeditious volunteers wrapped nearly 1,800 gifts in just under three hours.

Finally, it was time for the parties. WEP participants arrived at holiday parties held in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. Participants picked up gifts and celebrated the holidays with Borough Chiefs of Operations, WEP Coordinators, and Crew Chiefs. In Manhattan and Queens, presents were given out to WEP participants in the field. Thanks to everyone at Parks who helped make the Gift Drive such a success!

Prepared by Jessica (Gamelan) Schwartz

THIRTEEN YEARS AGO IN THE PLANT

(Friday, January 27, 1989)

PARKS GETS INTO THE ACT

When the bell signals the end of the school day at Lehman High School in the Bronx. Chrystal Kitchings heads straight to the park. But unlike most of her classmates, she goes there to work - not play.

The ninth-grader, who works at the Bronx Parks headquarters is one of 200 school students hired by Parks to work at park and playgrounds citywide during the academic year through the Board of Education’s After-School Career Training (ACT) program.

QUOTATION FOR THE DAY

"As I have grown older, I have found more and more to admire in trees - So fascinated am I by their qualities that I have made it a ritual to paint a watercolor of a tree every weekend for a number of years - Each painting is like a prayer in which I celebrate
the remarkable gracefulness of the sturdy trunks, the twisting and turning branches, and the changing foliage in spring, summer, and fall."

David Finn (b. 1921), How To Look At Everything

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Know Before You Go

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Work is taking place on the Bronx River at East 182nd street in Bronx Park to install a specially-built passage to help fish swim upstream. The passage will establish a sustainable herring population on the river by providing access to freshwater spawning habitat. The project will also include a canoe portage, reconstruction of parts of the dam, fencing, a new picnic area and restoration of the surrounding ecosystem.
Anticipated Completion: Fall 2014

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