Celebrate ‘it’s my park’ from a kayak

October 23, 2008 at 5:44 pm Leave a comment

All across New York City, It’s My Park! Day has become an annual occasion for cleaning up and celebrating green spaces.

This weekend, Staten Islanders will come together to spiff up the greenest borough in the city.

NORTH AND EAST SHORES:

On Saturday morning, kayakers and volunteers will convene at Alice Austen House, Rosebank, to clean Buono Beach by land and sea. The It’s My Park! Day event to be held by Kayak Staten Island, Alice Austen House and the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance will include cleaning from 10:30 to 12:30, and a screening of “City of Water” to begin inside the museum at 1:30 p.m.

The one-hour documentary explores the aspirations of New Yorkers to maintain a diverse and vibrant waterfront at a time of rapid historic change. The film features interviews with various public officials, environmentalists, boaters, laypersons and experts, including MacArthur fellow Majora Carter, author Phillip Lopate and Sandy Hook Pilots’ Captain Andrew McGovern. Bring a bag lunch or something to share for a lunch hour to begin at 12:30. For more information, send an e-mail to kayakstatenisland@gmail.com.

Also on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1, come help tidy Trinity Cemetery on Richmond Terrace, between Alaska and Van streets. Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries, Port Richmond High School, the Travis Civic Association and Verizon Pioneers will be cleaning the area, planting spring bulbs, removing debris and composting. For information, call 917-747-3023.

At Stapleton’s Tappen Park, Saturday’s Family Fall Festival will celebrate the season. The event runs from noon to 3 and will feature the CityParks PuppetMobile show and workshop, plus pumpkins, face painting and a costume parade. Bring your own lunch and beverages to this free event at Bay and Water streets.

WEST AND SOUTH SHORES:

In Travis on Saturday, from 10 to noon, FACSI and the Travis Civic Association are joining up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and local volunteers to clean up Sylvan Grove Cemetery, at Victory Boulevard and Glenn Street. Find out more by calling 917-545-3309.

And in Prince’s Bay, Trash Masters will celebrate It’s My Park! Day by teaching the public about recycling and composting at Blue Heron Park, 222 Poillon Ave., between Amboy Road and Hylan Boulevard.

For opportunities city-wide, visit the Web site itsmypark.org.

Staten Island Advance

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