Volunteers beautify Marine Park for Earth Day • Brooklyn Paper

Volunteers beautify Marine Park for Earth Day

Digging up dirt: NYPD Explorer Jah-ni Fleary helped clean up in Marine Park on April 22.
Photo by Jon Farina

It was like a spa day for Mother Earth!

A handful of do-gooders gussied up Marine Park’s large, eponymous green space on April 22, as part of “It’s My Park Day” hosted by the Marine Park Alliance.

Volunteers got their hands dirty pulling weeds and sweeping up leaves inside the Fillmore Avenue kid’s playground. They had also planned to do a little painting to brighten up the grounds, but Mother Nature had a different idea in mind when it started to rain, so that’s been postponed, said the president of the Flatland Lions.

“We were just helping cleaning up the park — beautification,” said John Cucarese. “But because of the rain we weren’t able to do the painting, but we’ll do that another day.”

One of the volunteers was especially happy to see the fruits of his labor — flowers he planted from a previous visit were starting to bloom for the spring, and the park definitely looked a little cleaner after the few hours of work, said Canarsie resident Jah-ni Fleary, who is a part of the NYPD Explorer program.

“When we were done we took a look at it and it seemed less dirty,” he said. “Last time we planted some flowers and buds — I saw a few of them and I was surprised.”

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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