Recap: Park Beautification Volunteer Day

Team Urban Green is shovel-ready for the cleanup.

On a breezy Saturday morning last month, a formidable team of Emerging Professionals and Urban Green Members met at the Lower East Side Ecology Center to take part in an EP Volunteer Day to help beautify East River Park. After sharing an overview of the Center’s programs—which include a community compost project, a number of natural resource stewardship programs and educational workshops on the local environment—Stewardship Coordinator Melinda Billings pointed out invasive mugwort and dandelions growing around native flowers and plants in the park. Our group of volunteers went right to work transforming the space, connecting with other Urban Green members as they weeded and planted.

Anna Weingord (left), Research Associate at Urban Green, follows Billings (right) with a wheelbarrow full of crates for weed collection.

Billings demonstrates how to pull up a mugwort plant by the roots.

 EP Committee co-chairs Kylee Snow (left) and Filomena Nigro (right) pulling up invasive weeds.

Adding a pile of weeds for composting.

The Williamsburg Bridge served as the background for a day of park stewardship.

About the author

Bea Mora
Bea manages Urban Green’s membership and sponsorship campaigns, supports general fundraising efforts, and facilitates the Membership and Emerging Professionals Committees. She comes to Urban Green with a background in nonprofit communications and urban agriculture, having worked with the Jewish Theological Seminary, Farm School NYC, and Just Food. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, with a focus on Latin American Studies and Writing.