The Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation welcomed 100 volunteers from Bloomberg LP this past Sunday to clean up the Dubos Point Wildlife Sanctuary in Arverne. The park, named in honor of environmentalists, Dr. René and Jean Dubos, is an important natural area providing habitat for birds and other wildlife.
Volunteers spent the afternoon removing large marine debris from the shoreline, including docks and an abandoned boat. In total, volunteers removed over 6,000 pounds of plastic, foam and other trash from the shoreline. Michael Dockett, the newly-appointed NYC Parks Queens Borough Commissioner, participated throughout the day, along with Parks' staff.
The Conservancy hosts cleanups of Jamaica Bay and Rockaway parks throughout the year and depends on local volunteers and corporate groups to keep parks clean. Bloomberg LP has long supported the Conservancy in efforts to improve parks.
“We rely on volunteers to ensure our parks are clean and free of debris that might harm wildlife and the visitor experience. We are grateful to have the support of so many Bloomberg employees to help improve our parks,” Alex Zablocki, executive director of the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy said. “Much like many other shorelines across the country, we face the threat of single-use plastics continually finding their way on our beaches and marshes, along with other marine debris. The monumental task of removing this trash is only possible through partnership with NYC Parks and volunteers,” Zablocki concluded.
Earlier this year, the Conservancy launched a Corporate Volunteer and Sponsorship Program to help bring more support from companies like Bloomberg LP to Rockaway parks. For more information on this program and to volunteer, visit: www.jbrpc.org or call 347-690-0931.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS