2011-08-25 / Other News

Volunteers Make Park Near Fresh Creek “Cleaner & Greener”

By Dara Mormile

Volunteers and Parks Department Officials Volunteers and Parks Department Officials Thanks to the efforts of Canarsien Maria Garrett and over 30 volunteers, the southeast section of Monroe Cohen Park, at East 108th Street and Seaview Avenue, is looking cleaner and greener. Garrett teamed up with the City Parks Department Tuesday morning to clear weeds, garbage and other debris from trees that were planted earlier this year as part of the MillionTreesNYC initiative.

Garrett, an East 108th Street resident, is completing a stewardship with the Parks Department as part of the MillionTreesNYC program. She recruited the volunteers who were given supplies such as gloves, sheers, bug repellent and bottles of water, by the Parks Department

Participants cleared litter from the area and chopped away weeds surrounding newly-planted trees and shrubs. The goal was to help keep the trees clear of obstructions so that they can flourish at the park.

The MillionTreesNYC Stewardship Corps is a program designed to engage New Yorkers of all ages in the collective effort of maintaining and protecting urban street trees.

The Corps offers workshops to committed individuals, neighborhood groups and other community based associations interested in planting, weeding, landscaping, and soil maintenance practices. With a goal of planting one million new trees – and maintaining them as they grow – tree stewardship is an integral part of achieving PlaNYC’s vision for a greener, greater New York City.

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