Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Photos courtesy of the Natural Areas Conservancy
Photos courtesy of the Natural Areas Conservancy
Mina Kim works with the Natural Areas Conservancy to clear out debris and plant new grasses in Alley Pond Park.

A volunteer effort on Saturday organized by the Natural Areas Conservancy worked to restore the salt marsh of Alley Pond Park.

More than 30 people of all ages attended the event from all over the city and even Nassau County. An entire 20-foot dumpster was filled with debris after the first cleanup stage, primarily with lumber fallen during major storms.

After clearing out the targeted area, participants planted native grasses in the site, which has suffered severe damage from scattered debris and trash from storms such as Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Over 1,000 grass plants were transplanted into the ground as part of the revitalization effort.

The new vegetation was specially chosen because it can adapt to live in salt water and flooded conditions, and the area will provide a habitat for local wildlife and add recreational value to the community.

Alley Pond Park is the second largest park in Queens, and has varied natural features such as freshwater and saltwater wetlands, tidal flats, meadows and forests. It is named for The Alley, a commercial and manufacturing center which had been located there during the 18th century.

The Natural Areas Conservancy is an nonprofit organization that works with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to protect, restore and manage expansive natural areas already within the city’s urban park system.


RECOMMENDED STORIES

Comments:

Join The Discussion



Related Stories
One tube of the Queens Midtown Tunnel to be closed on weekends indefinitely, MTA says
One tube of the Queens Midtown Tunnel to be closed on weekends indefinitely, MTA says
Bayview Grille and Marina seafood restaurant reopens in Broad Channel post Sandy
Bayview Grille and Marina seafood restaurant reopens in Broad Channel post Sandy
Popular Stories
Photo courtesy New York and Atlantic Railway
Rail company moves noisy train repair center out of Glendale's Fresh Pond Railyard
Photo courtesy of Flickr/Alvin Khaled
Telecom and cable giant seeks to move to Citigroup Building in LIC: report
Photos courtesy of the USPP NYFO
SEE IT: Police save a group of ducklings stuck in a storm drain at a Howard Beach park


Skip to toolbar