The Human Impacts Institute partnered by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation for “It’s My Park Day”. This city-wide initiative was a great opportunity for New Yorkers to come together to volunteer and celebrate their neighborhood parks and public spaces throughout the five boroughs!
It’s My Park Day was presented by Partnerships for Parks and is a collaboration between hundreds of community parks groups to lead clean up events in neighborhood parks all across the city. The event was totally free and was supported by a number of community organizations and countless volunteers.
As part of this event, the Human Impacts Institute held its “I Love My Park Day” workshop, introducing participants to the importance of native species, waterfront conservation, and basic planting techniques. Volunteers from all over the city gathered at East River State Park for a joyful day of gardening in their community park.
Participants were supervised by the Park’s staff and supported by HII’s crew. They were provided tools, flowers, trees and other vegetation to plant. Participants also cleaned up the park from picking up trash to pulling weeds. The planting took place at the park entrance, various park paths, playgrounds and shoreline area of the park.
This event was not only an opportunity to exercise under the welcoming sun, or even to enjoy the tasty/creative food from the Flea’s giant Smorgasburg All-Food Market, but it was also a unique chance to meet community members and neighbors, sharing the same interest for green spaces. The park welcomed a diverse crowd of garden passionata, roof food growers, youth volunteers from STOCKED, and a college philosophy club, among others.
Interested in learning more about conservation challenges in our communities? Did you enjoy the Human Impacts Institute workshop and want to pursue this work? Join us for the next exciting workshop on water quality in NYC. Come have lunch, while learning about water quality in our City! This topic will be explored on the East River State Park beach overlooking midtown Manhattan and will explore our on-land actions to water pollution and conservation.
A vegetarian lunch will be provided for all participants. Kids are welcome with adult supervision!
Wednesday, June 19th, 12-1pm at East River State Park- 90 Kent Ave, Brooklyn. Take the L train to Bedford Avenue. 30 participate limit- Register now>>
By Agathe Laure, Environmental Services, Human Impacts Institute