2007-02-09 / Community

Waterfront Alliance Cleans Beach To Ready For Earth Day

Dominic Josephs and Uriel Williamson pose with their skateboards in front of garbage gathered on Stewardship Saturday. Both boys are hoping to have a skate park built in the area. At right, Jadel Biteng and Karla Hernandez take a break from removing debris. Both girls took part in the Public Park Design Workshops conducted at PS43 last November. Dominic Josephs and Uriel Williamson pose with their skateboards in front of garbage gathered on Stewardship Saturday. Both boys are hoping to have a skate park built in the area. At right, Jadel Biteng and Karla Hernandez take a break from removing debris. Both girls took part in the Public Park Design Workshops conducted at PS43 last November. This past weekend was cold and chilly but that didn't stop the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA) from getting out to clean the area off of Beach 30 Street and the boardwalk.

A number of people came out to brave the cold in an effort to trim back the trees and get the area spruced up in preparation for Earth Day Rockaway that will be taking place here in April.

Luann Gallagher, horticulturist from the Parks Dept came to give a demonstration on tree trimming and handed out horticultural information to all who attended.

RWA will continue to have Stewardship workshops the first Saturday of each month in an effort to have the community work together on different beautification projects each month.

In the coming months, Stewardship Saturday projects will include participation from the Parks Dept, Urban Rangers, and DEP, to do plantings, landscaping and environmental conservation projects. This is a great opportunity for residents of all ages to join in.

Many of the people who joined in last Saturday were students from nearby PS 43 who had participated in workshops last November to design a public park in this area, and environmental workshops off the beach.

RWA has continued to conduct these programs and activities to encourage public participation in the waterfront and raise awareness of the public parks land that exists off the Rockaway shores.

A spokesperson for the RWA said that Far Rockaway has the longest stretch of undeveloped PUBLIC waterfront in the entire State of New York.

"As the old saying goes, 'Unless you use it, you'll lose it, " that spokesperson said. "The community needs to start making use of their public space or it will quickly disappear with projects making their way down the waterfront."

RWAhas been working with the New York City Dept of Parks & Recreation to conduct the first Earth Day Rockaway.

Luann Gallagher, Parks Dept Horticulturist talks to PS43 student about trimming trees. Luann Gallagher, Parks Dept Horticulturist talks to PS43 student about trimming trees. This event will be open to the public on April 28, along the beach at Beach 29 Street, and will include a dino dig, surf fishing, kite flying, "seining", environmental art projects, and spring planting projects for families.

All activities will be free to the public and are only possible through the generosity of the many non-profit, civic and environmental organizations participating that day.

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