Volunteer Gardening at the Carl Schurz ParkSubmitted by john d'olimpio on Wed, 04/24/2013 - 2:07pm
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to do volunteer gardening with Ben at the Carl Schurz Park in honor of Earth Day. The park is managed and maintained by the Carl Schurz Park Conservancy—the oldest community-based volunteer park association in New York City. The unique partnership the park has with volunteers gives it a close-knit, "neighborhood" feel, which was evident during our time maintaining the grounds.
During our time at the park, Ben and I worked to maintain areas by clearing fallen branches from walkways and removing debris from the shrubbery behind park benches. We definitely weren’t afraid to get our hands a little dirty!
Preserving the global environment starts at the local level with our parks and greenspaces right here in New York City. Park staff and volunteers were very warm and welcoming, and all shared a deep interest in keeping our city’s park clean and safe. Since environmental issues are an important part of Ben’s campaign, and a deeply passionate issue for myself, helping out the community by sustaining Carl Schurz Park was an enriching experience for the both of us.
Conservation is a collaborative effort, and seeing the enthusiasm from everyone, both young and old, was a great way to start our morning of helping out the community.