Riverside Park will get extra wild later this month, when a herd of goats arrive for a kind of summer internship.
The goats will be grazing on a weed-choked area of the park between 119th and 125th Street, according to the Riverside Park Conservancy, which has dubbed the plan “Goatham”. They arrive May 21 and are expected to be here until August 30.
They’ll be snacking on invasive species like poison ivy and porcelain berry. And yes, they’ll have a fence around them so they don’t end up in your living room.
“The goats, who have all retired from former careers, are from a local farm,” the conservancy says on a webpage devoted to the program. “Since goats are naturally effective weed whackers, putting than to work in Goatham is like treating them to an all-you-can-eat buffet. It’s hearty for the goats and good for the environment.”
Retirees hard at work making the world a better place — they’ll fit right in here!
The conservancy also looks like it’s using the program as a fundraising opportunity, with a “Goat Fund Me” page (actually just their membership page). The goat residency is also sponsored by the Baylander ship and Verizon, but it’s not yet clear if the goats will be forced to periodically bleat “Can you hear me now?” as part of the Verizon deal.