World-wide youth joined New York City community members for invasive weeding and park repair. On Saturday, July 18, volunteers from Goldman Sachs and more than 130 volunteers from The UN Foundation’s second annual Youth Leadership Summit gathered to assist the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) with the reparation of northern Manhattan’s 119-acre Highbridge Park.
NYRP crews and volunteers removed enough rubble and blacktop (4 yards) from overgrown, unused pathways to fill a dump truck; weeded enough invasive, nonnative plants to load six pickup truck (15 yards); repaired and painted eight park benches, and refurbished a city block worth of street trees, including litter patrol, mulching ,and weeding.
Founded in 1995 by Bette Midler, New York Restoration Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reclaiming and restoring New York City parks, community gardens, green spaces and urban forests. Since its foundation, NYRP staff, AmeriCorps members, and community volunteers have planted hundreds of thousands of trees, shrubs, and flowers to support the restoration of public parks and community gardens; restored and helped maintain six New York City parks; and removed over 1,890 tons of garbage from the city’s open spaces.