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Volume XXIX, Number 6077
Friday, Apr 11, 2014

This Weekend In Parks

Photo by Malcolm Pinckney

20th Annual New York Cares Day

Saturday, April 12

68 parks, gardens, playgrounds, and waterfront sites across the five boroughs

On Saturday, 4,000 New York Cares volunteers will revitalize 68 parks, gardens, playgrounds, and waterfronts across the five boroughs during the 20th Annual New York Cares Day Spring, sponsored by HSBC Bank USA. New York Cares, the city’s largest volunteer organization, mobilized the volunteers who will give a day of their time to help in a massive “spring greening” project, with a special focus on high-need areas, and areas still affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Volunteers will work on a variety of green projects, preparing parks and gardens for the busy spring and summer seasons by cleaning up shorelines, restoring garden beds, planting flowers and trees, painting benches, and removing invasive species.

New York Cares Day Spring is a serve-a-thon, similar to a walk-a-thon, where participants raise money in honor of the time they spend volunteering to support the cost of the event and New York Cares’ year-round volunteer programs. Each year, New York Cares mobilizes 59,000 volunteers to help 400,000 New Yorkers in need. New York Cares is accepting financial donations in support of New York Cares Day Spring through Friday, May 2, 2014 at

Projects on Saturday will include:

21 green spaces in MANHATTAN, including East River Park, where 200 volunteers from HSBC Bank USA will perform a waterfront clean-up at the Lower East Side Ecology Center. Volunteers will restore East River Park by painting the fence that separates the park from the FDR Drive, restore the lower lawn by aerating soil, remove failed plants, mulch around trees, apply topsoil, spread seeds, apply compost and spread woodchips in planting beds around the Fire Boat House.

19 green spaces in BROOKLYN, including Kaiser Park, where 100 volunteers will give this park a major spring cleaning by painting benches and lamp posts, and weed around the track and field. The park was devastated by the effects of Superstorm Sandy and volunteers have helped in the continued clean-up efforts.

10 green spaces in the BRONX, Franz Sigel Park, where 100 volunteers will place mulch around trees, maintain street trees, clean up sidewalk edges, and remove weeds and invasive plants from a wooded hillside.

12 green spaces in QUEENS, including Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, where 125 volunteers will help to refresh the park in preparation for heavy spring and summer use by repainting benches and poles throughout the park, remove debris from the shoreline of Meadow Lake, and remove phragmites from the shore.

6 green spaces on STATEN ISLAND, including Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, where 40 volunteers will spruce up the Compost Demo Site by removing old mulch from pathways and bed trenches, and replace it with new mulch.


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John Wayne

(1907 - 1979)

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