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Dylan H
In Sara D. Roosevelt Park at Broome Street between Forsythe and Chrystie Streets
Manhattan (Lower East Side/Chinatown)
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the project

At "It's My Park! Day" in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Hester Street Collaborative (HSC) and our partner organizations on the Sara D. Roosevelt Park Coalition and the Immigrants and Parks Collaborative will actively engage residents local youth in exciting, hands-on activities that will teach them the importance of street tree care and of park stewardship in general. We expect this event to produce immediate, tangible results like cleaned tree-beds and improved tree signage for the park, but also long-term, sustainable stewardship through newly engaged youth and adults.

the steps

Join us on this one-day event in Sara D. Roosevelt Park for activities like tree-identification scavenger hunt, tree and tree pit care education, a screen printing workshop to create signs for the park that encourage tree care and stewardship, and flower planting. We have opportunities for friends and colleagues of all skill-levels to participate. Volunteers can join us for the entire event or even just an hour on the 16th. Opportunities will be available to: -Share botanical knowledge in the street tree workshops with local youth -Get your hands dirty helping out at the screen-printing or tree-pit care stations -Helping to organize and manage event setup, breakdown, and general operations -Help facilitate groups of local youth as they explore the park on with scavenger hunts and street-tree-care tasks -Support HSC and our community! To volunteer, please contact Dylan House at Hester Street BEFORE Saturday the 16th.

why we're doing it

It's My Park! Day at Sara D. Roosevelt Park will address the importance of NYC public parks as an environmental and open space resource for the city. Specifically, we will highlight the need for local residents to care for and maintain the parks' trees, which improve air quality, provide shade and drainage, support wildlife, and beautify the neighborhood. The lack of open, green spaces in overcrowded Chinatown and the Lower East Side makes these trees all the more important to the community, yet high traffic levels through the park can threaten their health without proper community stewardship and care.


Plants for beautification


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