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Burial ground cleanups

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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2013 10:30 am

The sometimes neglected Olde Towne Flushing Burial Ground will be getting some extra attention thanks to a $1,300 personal donation from Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing).

Koo funded the maintenance project which will cover three cleanups this summer, fall and next spring. The project is designed to encourage area young people to participate in community service and learn about local history.

The burial ground is a city park now but started out as a cemetery for the poor from 1840 to 1898. The city did little with the site until Bayside activist Mandingo Tshaka complained that it was a desecration to use it as an active park.

Eventually, the city agreed and turned it into a passive facility with a playground in one corner. But Tshaka has still been complaining about the lack of upkeep at the location on 46th Avenue between 164th and 165th streets.

Now, he has agreed to educate students from IS 237 about the site and they will then weed and mulch the park. The first session was scheduled for this past Wednesday.

— Liz Rhoades

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