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Roll Up Your Sleeves for It's My Park Day

April 17, 2017

There has never been a better time to volunteer in Prospect Park than It's My Park Day on May 20. In celebration of the Park’s 150th anniversary, Prospect Park Alliance and REI are recruiting 150 or more dedicated Park-loving volunteers to roll up their sleeves and help care for their favorite green space with brooms, shovels, rakes and trash grabbers. Efforts will focus on Lookout Hill, cleaning and maintaining paths and helping restore the woodlands. We're calling on all adult and teen volunteers as well as community groups, to come out for a great day of service.

“People love getting involved,” says Marcia Williams, Volunteer Program Project Coordinator. “Volunteering in the Park teaches people to give back to the community, and they feel good about it!” In 2016, roughly 4,000 Prospect Park Alliance volunteers contributed nearly 20,000 hours of service in the Park. “This volunteer group makes a huge difference, and thanks to their efforts, Prospect Park has really changed a lot in the last three decades,” says Williams. 

“REI and the Prospect Park Alliance have long partnered on It’s My Park! Day because the event has proven to provide a meaningful opportunity for the local community to work together to maintain this Brooklyn gem of 585 acres,” says Mick Minard, a member of REI's Outdoor Programs and Outreach Team. “REI and The REI Foundation have invested in organizations across the country that share our goal of creating, improving and sustaining access to inspiring outdoor places. REI and the Alliance share a commitment to ensuring access to open space, supporting connected communities, and promoting health and wellness by helping more people share more time outdoors.”

Ready to get outdoors and help Prospect Park? Mark your calendar for It’s My Park! Day on May 20 from 10 am–1 pm. Register online or call (718) 287-3400 for more information.