Thank You, 2017 Volunteers!

Thanks to everyone who volunteered at Freshkills Park in 2017! This year, nearly 200 volunteers contributed over 500 hours of community service with Freshkills Park. These activities ranged from removing invasive plants during neighborhood park cleanups to assisting visitors at Discovery Day events.

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Cleaning Schmul Playground with Travis Civic Association, April 2017.

We’re very grateful for the individual volunteers who heard about these opportunities through their networks and communities. We also had amazing help from several groups with promotion, organizing, and recruitment:

  • Travis Civic Association members and neighborhood residents of all ages helped clean the play equipment at Schmul Park.
  • New York Road Runners recruited volunteers for Discovery Day in June.
  • Kayak Staten Island volunteers joined staff on kayak tours throughout the summer to provide water support.
  • Office of Senator Lanza interns and staff removed the invasive plant mugwort from flower beds at Schmul Park.
  • New York Cares recruited volunteers for Discovery Day in October.
  • Gaynor McCown High School students and teachers removed the invasive plant mugwort from flower beds at Schmul Park.

We are continually amazed by the enthusiasm volunteers provide as they support the Freshkills Park project in both big and small ways. By taking care of completed park projects and serving as ambassadors to the public, volunteers are helping the landfill-to-park transformation move forward.

To learn about chances to volunteer in 2018, stay in touch by joining the mailing list and selecting “Volunteer Opportunities.”

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