Park Cleanups Scheduled for May 7

Riverkeeper and state organize volunteers

Area parks and open spaces will receive a spring makeover on May 7 when Riverkeeper holds its fifth annual Riversweep Day and the New York state hosts its annual “I Love My Parks” Day.

Riverkeeper, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, hopes to attract more than 2,000 volunteers up and down the Hudson River for the cleanup. Last year volunteers working from Brooklyn to Troy removed more than 40 tons of debris and planted 1,150 trees and native grasses.

In Putnam County, sweeps will take place along the Manitou shoreline, Garrison Landing and Arden Point, Dockside Park in Cold Spring and Little Stony Point and the Cornish Estate/Northgate (Hudson Highlands State Park). Kayakers will clean the shoreline, Constitution Marsh and Constitution Island.

In southern Dutchess County, cleanups are scheduled for Denning’s Point, the waterfront and Lower Wappinger Creek.

To learn more, visit riverkeeper.org.

There will also be events and cleanups throughout the day at state parks, including Bannerman Island, Bear Mountain and Walkway Over the Hudson. For more information, visit ptny.org.

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