September 15, 2012
Want to be part of a global day of cleaning up shorelines? Want to enjoy a fun day alongside America’s newest National Water Trail? Want to hang out with your friends, canoe, bike, and learn to hike? Join The Futuro Media Group and Latino USA to spend the day celebrating New York City nature and the Bronx River!
Led by the Bronx River Alliance, Friends of Soundview Park, and Partnerships for Parks the Soundview Park clean up is part of International Coastal Cleanup Day – a global day of environmental stewardship – and is also a special celebration to recognize the Bronx River as a National Water Trail. The Coastal Clean Up in the Bronx removes debris along the waterfront where the Bronx River flows into the Long Island Sound.
The Coastal Clean Up will be a fun day for the whole family. Besides improving the shoreline and water quality, the day’s activities include canoeing, biking, fishing demonstrations by I Fish NY, outdoor classes by REI stores in Soho and Yonkers, and guided tours of the Soundview salt marsh wetlands area. Bikes and lunch are both provided and the event is free! Early birds can sign up to canoe into the park, leaving at 8:30 am (limited seats).
The park is a little tricky to get to and shuttles from the subway will be provided.
Registration required — limited to 100 volunteers:
- Date: 9/15/2012
- Event Location: Soundview Park
- Cost: Free
- Park clean up time: 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM EDT
- Canoe trip: 8:30 am (limited number of seats, registration and refundable deposit required)
- Partners: The Bronx River Alliance, Friends of Soundview Park, New York City Parks, REI, and The Futuro Media Group
- Registration and details: http://bxrivercoastalcleanup.eventbrite.com/
- Download event flyer: International Coastal Cleanup Day in Soundview Park
- View map
About the Radio Nature Series of The Futuro Media Group: The Bronx River has been reclaimed and restored to being a living urban ecosystem, and regular canoe tours show off the nature in the river, from fish to beavers. As part of our special series on Latinos and the environment, “RadioNature,” The Futuro Media Group took listeners on a journey down the Bronx River to learn about its restoration. Listen to this story here: Rowing Down the Bronx River (August 2011).
What to Wear: You will be cleaning up a natural area and could get wet and muddy! It is recommend to wear closed-toe sport sandals or old sneakers, lightweight pants or shorts of nylon or similar quick drying material (running pants, warm-ups, wind pants) and a light jacket or rain-jacket if the weather is questionable.
What to Bring: Sunglasses, a wide brim hat, sunscreen, bug repellent, bottle of water, and maybe a change of clothes.
The Radio Nature series and the Clean Up Day are sponsored by REI Foundation.