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Woodhaven playground cleanup

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Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014 10:30 am

More than 50 volunteers took part in a cleanup of Mary Whalen Playground at 79th Street and Park Lane South in Woodhaven on Saturday. The event was organized by the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association.

The civic group said the event resulted in the collection of over 100 garbage bags of leaves and other debris.

“In just a couple of hours, we managed to make a significant, visible improvement in Woodhaven,” said WRBA President Martin Colberg in an email. “That’s what can happen when residents in our community come together. We’re grateful to everyone who dedicated their Saturday morning to making the playground a better place for our neighborhood’s children.”

The playground, named for the late WRBA President and Community Board 9 member Mary Whalen, who lived near the park and died in 1987, is slated to get a makeover, funded by a $300,000 allocation from Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village).

The WRBA said it has future cleanups in its plans. For more information or to volunteer for future events, contact the WRBA at info@woodhaven-nyc.org.

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  • Turqsea posted at 2:43 pm on Sun, May 11, 2014.

    Turqsea Posts: 16

    Perhaps High School students could serve their communities by doing park cleanups as community service required for graduation. This would improve our communities greatly!

  • Turqsea posted at 2:39 pm on Sun, May 11, 2014.

    Turqsea Posts: 16

    All of Forest Park deserves a thorough cleanup,especially along the roadways where motorists have decided to dispose of their trash! How can they throw their garbage out of the windows of their cars! Whomever is responsible does a lousy job of keeping these areas clean. There are areas of the park where teenagers party at night and leave their trash strewn everywhere not that we should expect THEM to cleanup!