Belle Harbor & Shore
Garden Clubs Honored
On Thursday, June 20, the Belle Harbor Garden Club and the Shore Garden Club of Neponsit and Belle Harbor were honored as "The Volunteer Group of the Year" – Queens by New York City Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe.
At the ceremony, which was held at The Boathouse Restaurant in Central Park, Commissioner Benepe described the groups as "the crème de la crème" and a "shining example for other civic beautification minded groups."
The garden clubs lovingly take care and pride in beautifying The Patricia Brackley Park on Beach Channel Drive and 124 Street. They were instrumental in obtaining the Greenstreets on Beach 116 Street from Beach Channel Drive to the boardwalk and aided in the design and selection of plant material for the new LIPA substation.
The garden clubs are most proud of their work on the Daffodil project to honor those lost in the September 11 tragedy. With the help of many local organizations, private citizens, Fire Department personnel and school children. 14,000 daffodils were planted, each one representing a prayer. This project was recognized on the CBS Television "Sunday Morning Show," radio, and several newspaper articles.
Not only was this gesture a "shining example" of volunteers but one of great strength and unity as a community.
Pictured left to right: President of The Shore Garden Club of Neponsit and Belle Harbor, Nadia Murphy; President of The Belle Harbor Garden Club, Peggy De Matheis; Queens Commissioner NYC Parks Dept., Richard Murphy.