Earth Day Comes To Rockaway
It was “a really special day for the community,” she said. “We lucked out with some incredible weather and it was a great way to kick off summer!”
On Saturday, May 4th, hundreds of Rockaway kids and their families came out to celebrate the 7th Annual Earth Day Rockaway, held at the MoMA PS1 VW Dome at Beach 94 Street near Shore Front Parkway.
Kids participated in a recycling Olympics organized by GROW NYC and a mock dolphin rescue with the Riverhead Foundation. The Rockaway Artists Alliance created a large-scale whale mural, a mosaic recreation of the much missed Whalemina, with hand-painted tiles designed by local school children. The Queens Museum of Art held a day of fun, educational activities for autistic children in the dome.
Festival goers received free sunflower and tomato plants from YANA/Restore the Rock and learned about composting from the NYC Compost Project, courtesy of the Queens Botanical Garden. The NYC Fire Department distributed smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to the community and children and individuals were fitted for free bike helmets from DOT Bike Safety.
Other participating organizations included St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, Arts in Parts, NYC Office of Emergency Management, New York Cares, Swim Strong, Catholic Charities - Project HOPE, ARF ARF, SUP NYC, Million Trees, Queens Library at Seaside, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Healthy Soils, Gateway National Recreation Area, Clean Ocean Action, HyperOptik Creative, Gerbomatic, Far Rockaway Central Library, Vinnie Voltage Science Show, Sea Song Memorial Sculpture Project, Urban Park Rangers and the popular Biobus, a carbon neutral science bus.
Each organization created special activities for children that included kite-making, shell-painting, facepainting and book giveaways. The crowd enjoyed jazz music from the live band, Il Collectivo and headed to Rockaway Taco for their first opening weekend of summer. This event was hosted by the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance in partnership with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.