2009-05-15 / Community

RWA Cleans Up The Beach

Students diligently picking up plastic bags Students diligently picking up plastic bags Students and community members ventured out with Rockaway Waterfront Alliance for a cleanup dedicated to cleaning the area in preparation for the upcoming Earth Day Rockaway Celebration.

The participants were excited as they helped fellow RWA members to pitch a tent and then descended on the beachfront to pick up bags, food containers, and rubbish that blotted the landscape.

"I can't believe the way it looks out here. I remember when I came out to help clean at the end of the season last year," commented a Rockaway community resident from Beach 110 Street. There was certainly plenty of work that needed to be done on Beach 26 Street and the Department of Parks and Recreation and local Rockaway artist Ethan Long and crew pitched in as well.

Long, a local artist who will be unveiling his 8-foot Dirt Sculpture at Earth Day Rockaway, helped by tying an abandoned light post weighting over 500 lbs. to his trunk and dragging it out of the dune area.

The cleanup gave the students a chance to not only help to beautify Rockaway's shores, but to enjoy the first beautiful Saturday of the year. The students had an opportunity to meet artist Long as he continued the construction of his art sculpture; utilizing a Bobcat, several friends, and hundreds of pounds of soil.

Collecting trash from the area Collecting trash from the area Students also enjoyed the sun and finally had an opportunity to let their hair down as delicious pizza greeted them after a long day of work.

The conservation of Rockaway's shores through stewardship is a neverending task, and RWA believes that the students and community members experienced that even more than ever on the special Earth Day Community Clean Up.

The group hopes that all community members will take time out of their busy schedules to marvel at the beauty of our shores making every day their own Earth Day Rockaway.

Rubbish from cleanup Rubbish from cleanup Taking a break after a long day's work Taking a break after a long day's work

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