2007-10-26 / Community

It's My Park Day - Fall 2007

By Miriam Rosenberg

Nakita Vanstory of CUNY on Wheels, Chris Wade of Surfriders, John Nishimoto with his daughter Mina and his wife Jeanne Dupont of the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and Karen Cohn of Surfriders discuss ideas to get local youngsters to identify with beach and conservation issues. Nakita Vanstory of CUNY on Wheels, Chris Wade of Surfriders, John Nishimoto with his daughter Mina and his wife Jeanne Dupont of the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and Karen Cohn of Surfriders discuss ideas to get local youngsters to identify with beach and conservation issues. Last weekend volunteers and parks employees cleaned and planted shrubs, trees and bulbs in parks across New York City for autumn's "It's My Park! Day" sponsored by the city's Department of Parks and Recreation.

According to Jill Weber, the Rockaway Administrator for Parks, several areas in Rockaway benefited from the fall spruce-up. On Beach 26 Street, the Deerfield Area Association planted daffodil bulbs; Councilman James Sanders Jr. led two cleanups, including the park on Beach 51 Street; and volunteers and parks employees did plantings on Shore Front Parkway and Beach 93 Street. Parks' staff also accomplished additional plantings on Beach 106 Street.

Weber told The Wave she would like to start a beautification club in the spring to take part in plantings and maintain the health of flowers and trees in the area's parks. Anyone interested can call Weber's office at 718- 318-4000.

Volunteers plant shrubs and daffodil bulbs by the boardwalk on Shore Front Parkway. Volunteers plant shrubs and daffodil bulbs by the boardwalk on Shore Front Parkway. Also taking part in the day on Beach 93 Street, were members of the local Surfriders Foundation.

"It's My Park! Day" is a semi-annual event that takes place in the spring and fall of each year. Across the five boroughs last weekend, volunteers planted 10,000 trees, performed tree maintenance, cleaned, raked, mulched, painted and planted bulbs at nearly 200 parks, citywide.

New shrubs are planted by the intersection of Cross Bay Boulevard and Short Front Parkway. New shrubs are planted by the intersection of Cross Bay Boulevard and Short Front Parkway. Dolores Orr, the chair of Community Board 14; Jill Weber, the Rockaway Administrator for the Parks Department; and Jeanne Dupont of the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, plant daffodil bulbs by Shore Front Parkway and Beach 93 Street. Weber said she would eventually like to see daffodils planted all along Shore Front Parkway. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Dolores Orr, the chair of Community Board 14; Jill Weber, the Rockaway Administrator for the Parks Department; and Jeanne Dupont of the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, plant daffodil bulbs by Shore Front Parkway and Beach 93 Street. Weber said she would eventually like to see daffodils planted all along Shore Front Parkway. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Inside the CUNY on Wheels bus, volunteers watch 'Sea to Submit', provided by the local Surfriders Foundation. The video deals with the watershed and ways to conserve our beaches. Inside the CUNY on Wheels bus, volunteers watch 'Sea to Submit', provided by the local Surfriders Foundation. The video deals with the watershed and ways to conserve our beaches.

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