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Northeast Queens park chosen to promote green spaces in U.S.

By Kelsey Durham

Cunningham Park has been selected to participate in a fund-raising project to provide financial support and increase awareness of green spaces nationwide.

Department store chain Macy’s picked Cunningham Park, situated between Fresh Meadows and Oakland Gardens in the northeast section of the borough, as one of 550 sites for its “Heart Your Park” fund-raising program.

Macy’s partners with the National Recreation and Parks Association for its annual Secret Garden campaign, which formally introduces spring into the stores with new merchandise and promotions, and recently introduced the Heart Your Park fund-raiser to be a part of the initiative.

From now until March 31, customers who shop at Macy’s stores in Flushing, Little Neck, Rego Park and Great Neck can donate $1 or more at the register and 100 percent of the donations will go toward benefitting Cunningham Park.

The department store has also agreed to match the amount of money donated from customers at all stores, up to a total of $250,000, and will add the extra money to the Cunningham Park fund.

“We are thrilled to partner with Macy’s and NRPA for ‘Heart Your Park’ this spring,” Marc Haken, president of Friends of Cunningham Park Inc., said in a release. “Through this wonderful program and donations by Macy’s customers, we are excited about the increased awareness and additional funding for Cunningham Park. This park is a great asset to the community and we greatly appreciate Macy’s’ support.”

A full list of the parks chosen for the campaign can be found at macys.com/parks.

Reach reporter Kelsey Durham at 718-260-4573 or by e-mail at kdurham@cnglocal.com.

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