John V. Lindsay East River Park

The Daily Plant : Tuesday, June 12, 2012

New York Junior League Pitches In On New Improvements To East River Park

Photo by Malcolm Pinckney

On June 9, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined President of the New York Junior League (NYJL) Lisa Hathaway Stella, Congress Member Nydia Velazquez, and Council Member Rosie Mendez to thank NYJL volunteers and invite the community to celebrate the completion of this project. A tree was planted at the event as part of the City’s MillionTreesNYC efforts.
Throughout five weekends in April and May, the NYJL’s Playground Improvement Project committee teamed up with approximately 1,000 volunteers, including NYJL members, NYC Parks employees, corporate sponsors, service organizations, neighborhood residents and children. Together, they worked to restore East River Park’s playgrounds, athletic courts, and gardens.
Collectively, the volunteers planted more than 160 annuals, 725 perennials, 1,000 shrubs, and nine trees as part of MillionTreesNYC. Thousands of dollars and over 12,500 volunteer hours were contributed to ensure the success of this latest Playground Improvement Project.
The New York Junior League is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The Playground Improvement Project is their signature community project. Since 1992, they have worked to help provide bright, vibrant and safe place spaces for New York City’s children.


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John V. Lindsay East River Park

The section of East River Park south of Stanton Street is temporarily closed due to construction as part of the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, which will protect Lower East Side residents and waterfront parks from coastal storms and sea level rise. East River Park remains open north of Stanton Street. For access to open park areas, use entrances at E. Houston Street, 6th St Bridge, or 10th St Bridge. For more information on construction progress, when this section of the park will re-open, please visit the Department of Design and Construction’s City’s East Side Coastal Resiliency Project Updates page. If you are looking for places to play and relax nearby, please visit our Neighborhood Recreational Resources page.

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