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The Daily Plant : Friday, October 18, 2013

This Weekend In Parks

Photo by Daniel Avila

MillionTreesNYC Spring Planting Day
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Approximately 2,000 volunteers from all five boroughs will plant 20,000 trees in Rockaway Community Park in Jamaica Bay, during fall’s largest planting day.
As part of MillionTreesNYC, Parks is reforesting 2,000 acres of parkland to create new, ecologically healthy, multi-story forests. New forests help expand canopy cover in NYC, increasing the host of environmental benefits already provided by our urban forest.

It’s My Park Day
Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20, 2013
Volunteer events will be taking place all weekend citywide for the annual fall It’s My Park Day (IMPD). Activities are organized and led by local community groups and civic associations, with support from Partnerships for Parks. These community-led projects invite volunteers to paint park benches and fences, plant bulbs, remove debris, and beautify local parks. Many projects incorporate fun, free events, including tennis lessons, face painting, historic house tours, and performances, which help to engage new community members in local parks. This is the largest volunteer event for Parks, with thousands of volunteers coming out to complete over 100 projects in their neighborhood parks.


“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Directions to Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways

Know Before You Go

BeachesRockaway Beach and Boardwalk

For your safety, the beach is closed from Beach 91st Street to Beach 102nd Street due to erosion. Other areas of the beach remain open, along with the entire boardwalk, all concessions, and restrooms. The closest beach access is available at Beach 86th and Beach 103rd Streets.

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