NYC Parks Joins NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee And NFL To Plant 20,000 Trees Rockaways
On October 19, city Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White joined NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee President and CEO Al Kelly and Co-Chair Jonathan Tisch, NFL Environmental Program Director Jack Groh, Councilmember Donovan Richards, the Jamaica Bay/Rockaway Parks Restoration Corps and more than 1,200 volunteers at Rockaway Community Park in Queens to plant 20,000 new trees and 5,000 shrubs at the MillionTreesNYC Fall Planting Day.
“This year, Rockaway Community Park hosted the largest single-site tree planting event in MillionTreesNYC history, with more than 1,200 volunteers digging in to plant 20,000 trees,” said White. “These new trees will provide an important buffer to the adjacent Rockaway community by protecting against wind and rain and will help to catch storm water runoff and prevent erosion. Thanks to the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, the NFL, the Jamaica Bay/Rockaway Parks Restoration Corps, and all the volunteers who have helped us on our way to meeting our ambitious goal of planting one million new trees.”
This spring, NYC Parks, in partnership with the National Park Service, launched the Jamaica Bay/Rockaway Parks Restoration Corps. Approximately 200 workers were hired to assist in clean-up, restoration and reconstruction of Jamaica Bay and Rockaway Parks. The Corps was able to remove weeds, invasive species, litter and debris from this weekend’s planting site and has been invaluable in helping to prepare the way for these new trees so that they can thrive.
“Since the MillionTreesNYC initiative began six years ago, New Yorkers have rolled up their sleeves and dug in to make New York City nearly 800,000 trees richer,” said Bloomberg. “Trees need us just as much as we need them and New Yorkers have been volunteering all week with the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee and the NFL during stewardship events citywide. Thanks to these great organizations, we are able to replace thousands of trees lost along the coast by Hurricane Sandy in a community most in need.”
Verizon came out with 100 volunteers who donated their time along with volunteers from the Green Schools Alliance, Boy & Girl Scouts of New York City, New York University, Bloomberg LP, and from City agencies including DOITT, NYC Law Department, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Citywide Administrative Services, Human Resources Administration and Department of Homeless Services.