Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Reclaim Our Waterfront Parks on Saturday's 'It's My Park Day'

Join thousands of New Yorkers in caring for and celebrating New York City parks on It’s My Park Day this Saturday, May 16, starting at 9:30 a.m.

This spring, It’s My Park Day will focus on community members working to “Reclaim our Waterfront Parks,” with shore clean-ups, free paddling and rowing, and other fun water-based activities at sites throughout the city. Here are a few highlighted projects – both on and off the waterfront – out of the over 150 projects and events happening on the day.

Coffey Park (Parkhouse, near Dwight Street, between Verona Street and King Street.)

— 9:30am – 10:30am: Kick-off the day with a doggie training session, information table and dog registration. Event coordinated by Red Hook Dog.

— 10am – 2pm: Volunteers are needed for spreading wood chips around tree pits. Activities include arts and crafts workshop, Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy presents a Maritime Museum, living dinosaurs of urban estuary, educational tree tours. Project and event coordinated by Coffey Park Gardeners and Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy.

— 12pm – 4pm :“Drawing Together” Family drawing workshop hosted by Kentler International Drawing Space.

Valentino Pier (Coffey Street and Ferris Street)

— 12pm -5pm: Volunteers needed for a beach clean-up. Activities include free yoga and kayaking. Professional artists will be at the park to encourage self expression through art and music lessons. Project and events coordinated by Red Hook Boaters.

Kaiser Park (West 31st Street and Neptune Avenue)

— 12pm – 5pm: Volunteers needed for general clean-up. Followed by a talent show, cookie decorating, face painting, clowns, and an FDNY fire safety smokehouse. Plus, informational tabling by the NYPD, NYC Community Emergency Response Team, NYC Department of Sanitation, New York Public Library, and more. Project and events coordinated by the Friends of Kaiser Park and GreenApple Corps.

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