East River Park Beautified on One-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

Posted on: November 1st, 2013 at 11:20 am by

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Crazy to think that a year has passed and Lower Manhattan is still normalizing from Hurricane Sandy, and the wrath she unleashed on the city and beyond. This week, volunteers broke out their best green thumb at the East River Park, on the one-year anniversary of the superstorm. They took on over 70 plantings, including rosebushes, lavender and nepeta, and also assisted in related landscaping (weeding, mulching and wood chipping) – all in prep of old man winter rearing his frigid face.

The volunteers beautified approximately 1200 sf of the Lower East Side’s park land, as one of the “It’s My Park Day” projects. It’s a pretty cool set up – these projects are organized and led by local community groups all across the city, but with backing from Partnerships for Parks, a joint program of the nonprofit City Parks Foundation and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

Looks like loads of people have been participating, too. From the Org:

Partnerships for Parks has supported more than 5,000 volunteers this fall season who have planted bulbs, painted fences and celebrated their communities at projects and events around the city.  Dozens of dedicated community groups have donated their time to help beautify neighborhood parks, gardens and playgrounds in all five boroughs, creating greener, safer and more enjoyable public spaces.

TD Bank, this year’s lead sponsor (and the company who supplied these particular volunteers), reached into its pockets and shelled out $50,000 for the program, in an effort to expand these types of community driven, city-wide clean-up projects, and to also ensure that parks affected by disasters like Sandy can return to their original, lovely green spaces.

 

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