RWA And REI Team Up To Clean Up
Last Saturday more than 50 people joined in the Queens Five Borough Clean Up with Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and REI to clean up an entire block of more than 30 street trees along Beach 62nd st. Volunteers including students from local public schools along with their families, and friends took to the streets to mulch, trim, weed and clear the street of debris. RWA Shore Corps Interns led a tree care workshop to share the knowledge they have learned from their work this year.
The entire street was so bad the sidewalk wasn’t visible for pedestrians to walk on. Passerbys who saw the volunteers in bright orange tshirts coming down the street with brooms and tools stopped to offer their support and some were so inspired they jumped in to help.
By the end of the day there seemed to be a great sense of accomplishment as the group all went out from Dubos Point to celebrate with the last official paddle of the year. Everyone took part in a paddle lesson before heading out for a trip over to Norton Basin.
Special thanks to the many volunteers who came to help with the days event as well as the NYC Dept of Parks & Recreation for supplying mulch for the project, REI for sponsoring this stewardship & paddle event and NYS DEC Urban Forestry for supporting the RWA internship program. Without the ongoing support of these volunteers and organizations RWA would not be able to serve the community with these services and events. Every little bit helps and as a result Rockaway is getting back on track with cleaner streets and areas for community members to enjoy.