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Volunteer New York! and the City of New Rochelle Parks and Recreation department will team up on Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25 for a weekend of service meant to create impact throughout the entire expanse New Rochelle, with several dozen park beautification projects planned to take place at eleven neighborhood and waterfront sites.
Parks Clean-up Weekend is open to all New Rochelle community members. Depending on the site, volunteers will have the opportunity to support beach clean-up, maintain our woodlands and trails, weed playgrounds, refresh picnic tables and benches, and even restore some shared spaces, including the pavilion and bocci ball court at Neptune Park- all in addition to overall trash and debris cleanup. Each park project will only take place once on either Saturday or Sunday. Residents are encouraged to support the park in their neighborhood or one that they enjoy visiting. See parks list and cleanup schedule below.
Pre-registration is required for all sites and can be completed online at volunteernewyork.org/newrochelle or by calling 914-227-9317 for more info about registration. Volunteers ages 5-14 must be accompanied by an adult. Group and team registrations are also available. Volunteers are also required to wear a face mask at all times while volunteering and additional health and safety precautions will be in place.
“Our parks and natural resources are utilized all year long, and have been especially valuable during the dark months of the pandemic,” noted Parks and Recreation Commissioner Bill Zimmermann. “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Volunteer New York! and the public at an expanded Earth Day cleanup event- now at eleven sites throughout the City- as we prepare for the warmer and better months ahead.”
Volunteer New York! Executive Director, Jeanette Gisbert said, "Local parks have provided respite for communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m proud of the partnership Volunteer New York! has with the City New Rochelle to harness people power, volunteers, to keep these spaces green, clean, and accessible for all to continue to enjoy."
The 2021 New Rochelle Parks Cleanup Day is an annual opportunity that brings together neighbors, businesses and community leaders in a solidified effort to beautify New Rochelle’s parks. It is one of a number of volunteer opportunities showcased through Volunteer New Rochelle, a program partnership with Volunteer New York! that offers residents year-round opportunities to help and take action locally. Details can be found on the New Rochelle page of the Volunteer New York! website www.volunteernewyork.com/newrochelle . Everyone is invited to search local volunteer opportunities or to call a volunteer placement specialist at 914-948-4452.