2006-03-10 / Community

'Stone Soup Saturday' At Gateway National Recreation Area

Friends of Gateway has launched a monthly day of 'volunteer environmentalism' at Floyd Bennett Field to be held on the second Saturday of each month.

New Yorkers will be empowered to make improvements to their National Park during Friends of Gateway's (FoG) "Stone Soup Saturdays" on the second Saturday of each month between March and December.

FoG volunteers will gather at the Gateway Greenhouse for a day of environmental service T o Gateway and New York . Projects include tree planting, the care and feeding of seedlings as well as some small building projects. Gateway National Recreation Area's Floyd Bennett Field will be the site and beneficiary of this ongoing program.

All activities are designed to be family friendly. FoG also has projects that require special skills, so people with a Horticultural background, art skills, carpentry, pluming, or electrical backgrounds are especially welcome. People with special skills should call or email in advance so arrangements can be made.

At 4 p.m., after the day's work, FoG will heat up a barbeque grill for a "stone soup picnic." Volunteers will be asked to bring food to the BBQ for themselves and another dish to share. The late afternoon's gathering will also include an informational session to encourage people to get to know Gateway a little better.

Throughout American history "barn raising" has been a way to soften pioneer life, build community togetherness and allow many hands to make easy, fun work out of time consuming tasks. It is fitting that the approach be used to help grow a pioneering "urban" National Park. "Stone Soup" works in a similar way, turning sharing into a community event.

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