2012-06-22 / Community

Beach 108 Street Becomes A Lot Prettier

The Rockaway Civic Association applied the funds from a $1000 Million Trees NYC grant towards beautification of the Beach 108 Street center median this weekend. Members of the RCA were joined by local activists from the Beach 108 Street bungalow community and student volunteers from the Scholars’ Academy in a community effort aimed at improving the green space running down the center of Beach 108 Street.

The community improvement effort kicked off at 10 a.m. on Saturday the 16th and saw the volunteers cleaning up the green space where the Parks Department has been busy planting English Oaks and Atlas Cedars over the past 12 months. Following the clean-up effort was the planting of perennial, ornamental grasses and plants around each of the English Oak trees. The area surrounding the “Welcome to Rockaway Park” sign, at the intersection with Rockaway Beach Boulevard, was also spruced up with ornamental plants and shrubs. In time, it is hoped that the perennial grasses will grow and contribute to the scenic, seaside ambiance of the neighborhood. The event was also aimed at bringing community activists together in order to facilitate efforts at watering the newly planted trees through the coming hot summer months.

Grant recipient and RCA board member Harold Paez stated, “We were very pleased with the outcome of this community improvement effort. The results were not only good for the environment but for developing neighborhood bonds.”

The Rockaway Civic Association will continue to work towards that goal with the Beach Flix film series this summer and other grant projects already being planned.

The Million Trees NYC project is a public-private partnership among New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s PlaNYC sustainability initiative, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and the New York Restoration Project that established the goal of planting and caring for one million new trees throughout the city’s five boroughs by 2017.

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