2008-05-09 / Community

Rockaway Earth Day Brings Crowds To Boardwalk

By Miriam Rosenberg

Environmental sculpture artist Ethan Long and students from PS 43 designed this sculpture that is located off the Beach 29 Street boardwalk.
   Despite cloudy skies and cold weather, a large crowd came out last Saturday for Rockaway Earth Day '08 on the boardwalk and parking lot at Beach 29 Street.

   The day, meant to raise awareness of the natural resources along Far Rockaway's waterfront, was hosted by the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance. Among the 23 other organizations involved were the American Littoral Society, the city's Department of Environmental Conservation and the National Park Service.

The Green Circus performers - Mr. Smog, Mr. Farmer, a troupe member representing an industrial plant, a clown and Solar did skits about the importance of taking care of the environment.
A representative from City Beasts, left, talks about the Black Duck as a small crowd listens in. The agency rescues animals with the goal to put them back out into the wildlife population.
Guest singer Magaly joins Les Paultre and his band for a few songs. The band entertained throughout the afternoon.
The most popular stop for people was the Department of Transportation's table, where free bike helmets were given away to children and adults. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg
People were able to choose a plant of their own, from a variety displayed.
Volunteers, including children from PS 43, give garbage cans a clean coat of paint with their own unique touch. Last year's repainted cans were distributed throughout the peninsula.
During the afternoon, youngsters were given a chance to make LEGO solar cars.
On the Museum of Natural History mobile museum, children were given the opportunity to draw the different habitats of people who lived in Kenya and Mongolia, and of Native Americans in Montana.
Joshua, 2, holds a starfish, one of several live sea creatures available for inspection, as a representative from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, right, watches.

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