Friends of Playground Celebrate Earth Day


Earth Day last Saturday, April 22 may have been a dreary day with grey skies and misty rain, but in the hearts of those who participated in Friends of Beach 59th Street Playground Association’s “It’s My Park Day Earth Day Cleanup and Community Visioning event” — it was a bright and sunny day.

According to the Association’s Board President Florence Ferguson, over sixty people dove in to help including Assemblywoman Stacy Pheffer Amato, NYC Parks Dept. First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kevanagh, Parks Queens Borough Commissioner Dorothy Lewendowsky, Parks Rockaway Administrator Portia Dyrenforth, Council Donovan Richards’ Chief of Staff Mercedes Buchanan, 100 and 101 Precincts Explorers, Virgin America Airlines representatives, and local adults and children.

Ferguson said, “Even with the weather, we had a fabulous day. We got so much support from the community and our corporate sponsors Servpro Fire & Water - Commercial and Residential Cleaning and Restoration services, special-needs nonprofit, Perfect Piece of the Puzzle, Inc., Wellcare, St. John's Episcopal Hospital, Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center and Stop & Shop Supermarket, who provided food and drinks for everyone.

The Association awarded certificates of recognition honoring Parks Dept. administrative staff and seasonal workers, whom Ferguson praised as “the unsung heroes who take care of our green spaces, beaches and playground, and make everyday a clean, safe welcoming space for our community.”

Under the stewardship of the Association’s Board Secretary Deborah Shorte, local children participated in “It’s My Park Day’s Teachable Moment” by learning about the earth and planting their own cups of wildflowers.

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