Oct. 2, 2014 By Christian Murray
More than one hundred volunteers are expected turn out under the Sunnyside Arch on Saturday, October 11, to help clean up and beautify Sunnyside’s main business district.
The volunteers, who will represent a variety of local clubs and groups, will be picking up garbage and sweeping the streets between 38th and 50th Streets—in the vicinity of Queens Blvd and Greenpoint Avenue. Furthermore, they will be planting bulbs in tree pits.
However, before planting, the tree pits will be cleaned and weeded. From there, the dirt is expected to be softened and mulch put down.
The event is being organized by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s office.
Several groups have signed up to join in the clean up—such as the Sunnyside/Woodside Boys & Girls Club, Sunnyside/Woodside Girl Scouts, Sunnyside is Blooming, the United 40s Civic Association, Sunnyside Shines, Trees New York, New York Cares and La Guardia Community College.
Individuals and groups are encouraged to participate in the event.
Don McCallian, president of the United 40s Civic Association, a group dedicated to addressing neighborhood concerns in Sunnyside/Woodside, said he is expecting a big turnout. “We will be making a special effort to get our members out for this,” he said.
The group has a membership of about 60 people, who meet monthly.
“A periodic clean-up benefits us all,” McCallian said. “It gets people thinking about putting garbage in the baskets and helps groom the neighborhood.”