Thank You, NYC Park Workers

On the occasion of “It’s My Park Day,” we thank everyone who contributes to the health and beauty of our parks, from city workers to volunteers to researchers on urban wildlife habitat.

Thank you, Riverside workers

Tagging trees to create a tree trail

Hosing down the steps at Riverside & 108th

Shoveling a path during one of 2010's Big Storms

Checking the health of Riverside's retaining wall

Thank you, volunteer workers, including sixth graders from the Fieldston School who spent hours planting beneath the retaining wall and cleaning along the Greenway.


Carrying in the river trash

One morning's river clean-up

Esau with composer Thomas Cabaniss, organizer of the clean-up (click on the image to visit Tom's website)

Thank you, Morningside Park workers

Clearing the way for native plantings

Replanting around the southwest steps

Hard hot work

Thank you, NYC researchers who evaluate the viability of urban habitat for migrating birds and other wildlife

Baltimore orioles ready for release after banding

Thank you, workers all, sung and unsung, willing and unwilling, paid and unpaid.

May the gods and demons of city budget cuts keep their itchy hands away from our essential, free, democratic institutions, places that are truly open to all – our parks, libraries, schools, and all culture houses that offer free, cheap or pay-what-you-can admission.

What would our city be, what would we be, without them?

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4 Comments on “Thank You, NYC Park Workers”

  1. pat hoey Says:

    Bravo and brava for all these doughty volunteers, and hurrah and hurray for the results. Maybe tell us where to go for info on volunteering or contributing? A great blog.

  2. Charlotte Says:

    wonderful post! seeing the workers throughout the year gives one a real sense of their presence.

  3. Diane Tucker Says:

    WoW! So different from when I lived in NYC. I lived near Riverside Park, and though you could walk there, it was not much cared for. I am so happy to see that it is different now. And you could not go into Morningside Park for fear of serious crime. Wonderful to see the change. Thank you, Melissa!
    Diane Tucker (Hill-Stead Nature Blog)

    • Melissa Says:

      Diane, It has changed so much. I also lived in NYC near Riverside during the long period of neglect and crime. Both parks are now much-used and treasured, and Harlem’s other beautiful “ribbon” parks, Saint Nicholas and Jackie Robinson, are beginning to show signs of renewal. Thanks for your virtual visit to the parks.

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