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Call for Volunteers: Help Clean Up City Parks

Call for Volunteers: Help Clean Up City Parks

Help clean up NYC parks this summer during the It's My Park campaign, which will teach 50,000 New Yorkers how to care for parks, from fundraising to trash clean-up to street tree maintenance. Learn how you and your kids can lend a hand!

 

Astoria Heights Playground used to be a symbol of urban decay. Families steered clear of this playground, where the concrete was buckling and covered in trash, equipment was broken, and drug dealers were pervasive.

But by empowering local residents like Lynn Kennedy to take charge of cleaning up their neighborhood parks, City Parks Foundation has helped to lead the playground's recent transformation.

This Saturday, Lynn Kennedy and hundreds of New Yorkers across the city are rolling up their sleeves to kick off It's My Park -- a citywide effort to clean up neglected neighborhood parks across the five boroughs. Lasting from May through October, It's My Parkb is a project of City Parks Foundation and the NYC Parks Department that offers hands-on training for 50,000 New Yorkers and 4,000 community groups every year on how to care for their parks, from fundraising to trash clean-up to street tree maintenance.

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On Saturday, volunteers of all ages can help kick off the campaign by picking up trash, planting flowers, and repainting garbarge cans in their neighborhood parks, including Astoria Heights Playground in Astoria, Queens; St. Mary's Park in the Bronx; Hope Ballfield in Bushwick, Brooklyn; Thomas Jefferson Park in East Harlem, Manhattan; Graniteville Quarry Park in Staten Island; and many more.

To find a volunteer location near you, check out http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/its_my_park_day