ConSERVE NYC: MLK Day at East River Park, Manhattan

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - January 17, 2015 9:30 am

Join the Student Conservation Association as we team up with NYC Parks and AmeriCorps to celebrate MLK Day through service at East River Park in Manhattan.

East River Park encompasses 57 acres of waterfront on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. During Hurricane Sandy, the park was inundated with over six feet of storm surge. Beyond the immediate damages, the storm left a lasting impact in the form of salt contamination.

High levels of salt and other contaminants caused the loss of over 100 trees in the park and continue to stress root systems. SCA volunteers will spread mulch and topsoil throughout the park to help improve the soil and make way for healthy spring plantings. 

WHEN: Saturday, January 17th, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

WHERE: East River Park, East 6th Street & FDR Drive, New York, NY 10009. (Cross the FDR via the 6th Street Footbridge and meet in front of the Field House.)

WHAT: Volunteers will help to mitigate salt contamination by spreading new mulch and topsoil to make way for healthy spring plantings.

BRING WITH YOU: Wear long pants and sturdy shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring extra layers as the event will take place in any weather!

PROVIDED: SCA will supply breakfast and hot lunch for volunteers as well as work gloves, reusable water bottles, and all project supplies. Plenty of coffee and hot chocolate will also be provided!

REGISTRATION: Please register for the event at to complete the online volunteer waiver.


BY PUBLIC TRANSIT: Take the F train to 2nd Avenue or the J/M/Z train to Essex Street. Then walk 15 minutes east to the riverfront and cross the FDR at the 6th Street Footbridge. Meet in front of the Field House.

BY CAR: East River Park is not accessible by private vehicle. Participants driving to the event are encouraged to find street parking or utilize one of the nearby parking garages along Delancey Street, then walk to the park via the 6th Street Footbridge.


9:30 am: Meet at East River Park Field House for registration 
10:00 am: Welcome & kick-off
10:30 am – 1:30 pm: PROJECT WORK
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Lunch & wrap-up


Contact Ann Pedtke, SCA Outreach Coordinator: [email protected] or 724-678-9401.

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