Volunteers participate in Forest Park cleanup
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Apr 24, 2018 | 2178 views | 0 0 comments | 172 172 recommendations | email to a friend | print
More than 100 volunteers gathered at Forest Park on Sunday morning to celebrate Earth Day with a special cleanup of the park.

Members of the local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts joined St. John’s University sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha and local residents in Kew Gardens, where they beatified the gardens around the Overlook and Sobelsohn Playground area.

Officers from the 102nd Precinct and Councilman Robert Holden also joined the community at the park.

The groups painted, planted bulbs, raked leaves on various flower beds and added mulch.

The Friends of Forest Park has been hosting the event since 2012, and is currently working with the Parks Department along with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference to expand the event.

“These people volunteer because they care about the environment and Earth Day,” said Friends of Forest Park founder MK Moore. “They’re coming out here, doing god’s work and spreading love to the park.”

Bryanna Buchanan, vice president of Alpha Kappa Alpha, said the group started working with the Friends of Forest Park two years ago through another community event and wanted to continue their relationship.

“Our organization is all about giving back to the community, and one of our targets for the organization is environmental ownership that restores parks and playgrounds,” Buchanan said. “It’s about ensuring that the environment is substantially okay and that we have a future for the world.

“Our chapter is in Queens so being able to do something in Queens is special because this is our home,” she added.

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