Just in time for the warm weather, around 250 volunteers descended upon Williamsburg and Greenpoint last Saturday to spruce up the area’s parks.
The volunteers came courtesy of New York Cares, the citywide organization that marshals the good will of New Yorkers and deploys volunteer troops to needed areas across the city.
Last Saturday’s biggest platoon came from Ernst & Young, which sent 150 volunteers to McCarren Park (bounded by Nassau Avenue and Bayard, Leonard and North 12th Streets). Fifty of these volunteers undertook the monumental task of cleaning out the dog run, removing around six inches of woodchip covering in the process.
“There’s no way we could have dug out the dog run without this volunteer help,” said Stephanie Thayer, Administrator for North Brooklyn Parks. “The supplemental help is just tremendous.”
Thayer once worked in the finance sector, and said she would have welcomed the opportunity to work outside for a day.
“To get out and see the tangible results of your work, there’s an instant gratification about it that you don’t get from pushing papers around all day,” she said.
The volunteers also cleared out rooms in the McCarren Park Fieldhouse currently being used as storage space in preparation for these rooms to be converted into office space. Soon, some Parks District 1 employees will move from their current offices in McGolrick Park into McCarren.
Volunteers also worked in McGolrick (bounded by Driggs Avenue, Russell Street, Nassau Avenue, and Monitor Street) and Cooper Parks (bounded by Sharon and Olive streets and Maspeth and Morgan Avenues). On all three parks, they painted an estimated 60 percent of the perimeter fence. They also painted the parkhouses at Cooper and McGolrick, and the park benches and black poles in all three parks.
Additionally, the volunteers spread mulch and woodchips around park trees.
The volunteer effort coincided with Arbor Day, the annual holiday celebrating trees.
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