2007-05-04 / Community

Rockaway Earth Day Celebration Attracts Huge Crowd To B'walk

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

Youngsters paint colorful designs on seashells. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Youngsters paint colorful designs on seashells. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg The boardwalk along the Rockaway beachfront came alive last Saturday as hundreds of people turned out for the first-ever Rockaway Earth Day celebration. A threat of rain early in the day didn't stop people from enjoying the activities on the boardwalk, beach and fields in front of the boardwalk from Beach 28 to Beach 29 Streets.

It was a day for volleyball, arts and crafts, digging up and identifying seashells, rejuvenating old barrels into brightly painted garbage pails, watching science experiments and planting a tree in honor of Arbor Day.

Awoman prepares a plant for a young girl to take home. A farmer's market was giving away free plants to all those who wanted one. Awoman prepares a plant for a young girl to take home. A farmer's market was giving away free plants to all those who wanted one. The beach on Beach 28 and 29 Streets bursts with activity during Rockaway's Earth Day. The beach on Beach 28 and 29 Streets bursts with activity during Rockaway's Earth Day. As children and adults look on, a scientist demonstrates how to discover the quality of salt and regular water. As children and adults look on, a scientist demonstrates how to discover the quality of salt and regular water. Area youngsters help Luann Gallagher plant a tree in honor of Arbor Day (which was April 27) in a field across from PS 43. Area youngsters help Luann Gallagher plant a tree in honor of Arbor Day (which was April 27) in a field across from PS 43. Assemblywoman Michele Titus speaks with members of the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance -  Marlen Waaijer, right, and Jeanne Dupont, the executive director of the organization which put the Earth Day celebration together. Assemblywoman Michele Titus speaks with members of the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance - Marlen Waaijer, right, and Jeanne Dupont, the executive director of the organization which put the Earth Day celebration together. A ranger from Parks and Recreation explains the type of seashells found during a dig by youngsters on the beach. A ranger from Parks and Recreation explains the type of seashells found during a dig by youngsters on the beach. Do you know the types of sea creatures in Rockaway's waters? This family checks out the exhibit that explains them all. Do you know the types of sea creatures in Rockaway's waters? This family checks out the exhibit that explains them all. It was a group effort as dirty old green bins were transformed into beautiful new garbage pails that will be distributed along the boardwalks in Rockaway. It was a group effort as dirty old green bins were transformed into beautiful new garbage pails that will be distributed along the boardwalks in Rockaway. PS 43 teacher Joann Ellis and children stand behind a dinosaur after a successful dig to find, and put together, its bones. PS 43 teacher Joann Ellis and children stand behind a dinosaur after a successful dig to find, and put together, its bones. Cindy Rosin, of the Rockaway Artists Alliance, and a young girl put together a man made from recyclable garbage. Cindy Rosin, of the Rockaway Artists Alliance, and a young girl put together a man made from recyclable garbage. Uriel Williamson, 13, presents the Queens Commissioner of Parks Dorothy Lewandowski, left, with a petition for a skateboard park in Bayswater. Also pictured is Jill Weber, the Parks Department's Rockaway Administrator. Uriel Williamson, 13, presents the Queens Commissioner of Parks Dorothy Lewandowski, left, with a petition for a skateboard park in Bayswater. Also pictured is Jill Weber, the Parks Department's Rockaway Administrator. Children take a break in front of the freshly painted garbage cans. Children take a break in front of the freshly painted garbage cans.

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