2003-09-26 / Community

West Lawrence Civic Association Beautifies Rockaway

West Lawrence Civic Association Beautifies Rockaway


Left to right: Irving Baron, President, West Lawrence Civic Association; Jon­athan Gaska, District Manager, Com­munity Board #14; Paul Lagalante, seasonal park worker, Department of Parks and Recreation; Curtis Archer, Director, Rockaway Development and Revitaliz­ation Corporation.Left to right: Irving Baron, President, West Lawrence Civic Association; Jon­athan Gaska, District Manager, Com­munity Board #14; Paul Lagalante, seasonal park worker, Department of Parks and Recreation; Curtis Archer, Director, Rockaway Development and Revitaliz­ation Corporation.

The West Lawrence Civic Association has continued its dedication to improving the quality of life and the suburban look of the easternmost community in the Rockaways.

After looking at the weed infested triangle of land located at Hicksville Road and Beach 6 Street in the Rockaways for the past 36 years, the West Lawrence Civic Association, with input from Community Board 14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska, and the community board as a whole, had the triangle designated as a Greenstreet project.

Now, only two years later, the West Lawrence Civic Association’s volunteers have turned this community eyesore into a mini-botanic garden.

With the cooperation of Frank Colella, Principal Park Supervisor, and his staff, this Greenstreet project improves each passing week. The assistance of R.D.R.C. Director Curtis Archer was invaluable, as was a grant from the Mell on Foundation, which enabled the volunteers to purchase and plant hedges, shrubs, and flowers to enhance the trees and plantings given last year by Greenstreet.

The West Lawrence Civic Association is looking forward to turning the service road median on Seagirt Boulevard into a Greenstreet project. This area is the gateway to the Rockaways coming from Route 878 in Nassau County, and runs from the city line to Beach 6 Street.

Volunteers run the Greenstreet program with professional assistance from the Department of Parks and Recreation.


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