The Daily Plant : Monday, May 9, 2011
NYC Grows Greener By 20,000 Trees
On April 30, Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined Council Member Lew Fidler, NYC Service Chief Diahann Billings-Burford, Human Resources Administration Commissioner Robert Doar, Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications Commissioner Carole Post and more than 900 volunteers at Marine Park in Brooklyn to plant 10,000 trees and 2,000 shrubs at the MillionTreesNYC Spring Planting Day.
Other parks hosting planting events that day were: Cunningham Park and Kissena Park in Queens; Wolfe’s Pond Park and Conference House Park in Staten Island; and Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx. Over the course of the day, more than 20,000 trees were planted citywide.
Volunteers were recruited to plant trees through the MillionTreesNYC website and with the help of NYC Service. Participating corporate volunteer groups included Green Mountain Energy, Random House Publishing, and Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream. In addition, more than ten city agencies provided volunteers.
MillionTreesNYC Spring Planting Day was supported by in-kind donations from Rob Cano Events, which provided food for all volunteers, and Equinox Fitness Clubs, which provided instructors who led a stretching program before the planting event.
MillionTreesNYC, a cornerstone of Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC vision to establish a healthier, more sustainable New York City, is a public-private partnership between the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project, through which one million trees will be planted and cared for throughout the five boroughs by 2017.
As part of MillionTreesNYC Parks is reforesting 2,000 acres of Parkland into new, ecologically healthy, multi-story forests. New forests help expand canopy cover in New York City, increasing the myriad environmental benefits already provided by our urban forest.
Since MillionTreesNYC was launched in October 2007, more than 467,000 trees have been planted to date.
For more information, visit www.milliontreesnyc.org.
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
“Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.”
(1920 - 1992)
Directions to Marine Park
Know Before You Go
Seba Playground will be closed to reconstruct the current Seba Tot Lot into a playground for children of all ages. The new design will enlarge the toddler area by adding a custom spray shower, seating, and two new tot play units. Additional play spaces will also be added for 5 to 12 year olds, and will include a large accessible play unit, a second spray shower and seating area. These two play areas will be joined by 15 additional swings for both age groups. The site will also feature an accessible drinking fountain, attractive plantings, and a bicycle rack.
Anticipated Completion: Spring 2014
Marine Park Weather
- More Than 30,000 New Yorkers Celebrate The Outdoors At Tenth Anniversary Of Adventures NYC
- NYC Parks Joins The National Park Service In Announcing New Bicycle And Kayak Rental Concession For Jamaica
- Carmine Carro Community Center Opens In Marine Park
- Perseid Meteor Shower
- Nocturnal Wildlife
- It's My Park Day: Volunteer at Salt Marsh Nature Center
- Basic Canoeing
- Family Camping in Marine Park
- Baseball Fields
- Basketball Courts
- Bicycling and Greenways
- Bocce Courts
- Cricket Fields
- Dog-friendly Areas
- Fitness Equipment
- Football Fields
- Golf Courses
- Handball Courts
- Hiking Trails
- Kayak/Canoe Launch Sites
- Model Aircraft Fields
- Nature Centers
- Paddleboat Rentals
- Soccer Fields
- Spray Showers
- Tennis Courts
- Wi-Fi Hot Spots
Know when to go:
View upcoming athletic area usage in