By Lisa Kava
In April 2022, a group of neighbors who live and/or work on West 72nd Street joined forces to form the West 72nd Street Block Association. “Our vision is to build West 72nd Street into the shining hub of the Upper West Side where everyone can benefit and enjoy,” said Rita Genn, one of the founding members.
Now, the West 72nd Street Block Association will host its first Spring Community Volunteer Day on Saturday May 20th from 9:30-12:30 PM. Block Association members together with volunteers from the local community will help beautify tree beds on West 72nd Street from Central Park West to Riverside Drive. Volunteers are needed and welcome. You can sign up in advance by clicking here.
Work will include cleaning tree beds, mulching, and general cleanup work. The Block Association has partnered with NYC Parks Tree Time , a program run by the New York City Parks Department, which aims to protect, preserve, and enhance New York City’s street, park, and forest trees.
The work is part of a greater project where the block association has partnered with Tree Time, a program run by the New York City Parks Department, which aims to protect, preserve, and enhance New York City’s street, park, and forest trees. Through this partnership, work on 45 tree beds will take place over a period of time. That work will include tree bed expansion, removal of old tree guards, installation of new tree guards, removal of tree stumps, and planting of new trees.
Volunteers will meet on the south side of West 72nd Street at Verdi Square at 9:30 AM. There will be a welcome table set up with balloons indicating the meeting spot. Members of the 72nd Street Block Association will distribute gardening supplies and assign gardening and cleaning activities to the volunteers.
Partnership for Parks, Council Member Gale Brewer, Love Your Street Tree Day, the Broadway Mall Association, and Goddard Riverside Greenkeepers are all partners with the West 72nd Street Block Association in the Spring Community Volunteer Day.
To learn more about the 72nd Street Block Association, Spring Community Volunteer Day, and other planned activities, contact Rita Genn at email@example.com.
Correction: We originally misstated the work that volunteers will be doing. Work will include cleaning tree beds, mulching, and general cleanup work.