By Daniel Katzive
The goats are back!
Riverside Park Conservancy welcomed “baaaaack” their caprine gardeners on Friday at the first “Goatham Festival” to inaugurate the park’s new composting facility. The goats chewed through a vegetarian ribbon to mark the occasion. The well-attended event also featured local vendor booths and live music, as well as arts-and-crafts activities.
As West Side Rag reported in April, the new composting facility, located in an unused maintenance area south of the 96th Street clay tennis courts, will receive plant debris, leaves and clippings from Riverside Park and produce fresh compost for use by the park’s (human) gardeners.
As for the goats, they will now head for their summer quarters in the woods near Grant’s Tomb and will deploy once again to clear the steep slope up there of invasive vegetation.