BY JORDAN GIBBONS
Last week, Partnership for Parks worked local volunteer groups to scrape and repaint the fence around the perimeter at Rufus King Park for “It’s My Park Day.”
On Friday, Community Mediation Services and the Justice Community Program at LaGuardia Community College sent about 30 young volunteers from programs focused on helping court involved youth in Queens to scrape away the old paint on the fence.
On Saturday, Y Roads, Girl Scouts and New York University’s Humanity Club came out to paint over the fence.
Partnership for Parks is the public-private program through the CityParks Foundations, that supports a network of leaders caring and advocating for neighborhood parks and green spaces.
Delicia Davis, a community liaison for the Partnership, directed the volunteers and pitched in with the work.
“We work directly with the community to improve the parks,” Davis said. “We offer the tools and the training to the community to help them sustain their parks.”
Greg Mays, chair of Community Board 12’s Parks Committee, helped coordinate the event for “It’s My Park Day,” which is an annual event throughout the City that brings residents together to celebrate their neighborhood parks and public spaces.
“I love the fact that we used volunteer opportunities to reconnect kids to the community,” Mays said. “So much of community is volunteering. It’s tremendously valuable because they get a sense of ownership.”
Reach Reporter Jordan Gibbons at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 123, firstname.lastname@example.org or @jgibbons2.