Friday, April 8, 2011

April 9th Tree Planting Event in Forest Hills - Tips & Requirements For Volunteers

 Chair Michael Perlman of Rego-Forest Preservation Council & Chair Steve Melnick of Queens Boulevard Restoration Group, and member volunteers, teamed up to call attention upon Forest Hills after the Sept 16, 2010 tornadoes, nominate and survey sites, and promote the April 9, 2011 tree planting event in Forest Hills:

Below is the e-mail registered volunteers received. This is an event not to be missed, so please share with ALL:

From: Rauscher, Gina (
Sent:Thu 4/07/11 11:36 AM
Subject: Final Details For Saturday, April 9th - One Thing That's Green

JetBlue Airways “One Thing That’s Green” Volunteer Day
Saturday, April 9, 2011

Volunteer Day – Tips and Requirements

To all Volunteers:
Thank you for signing up to participate in the JetBlue’s One Thing That’s Green volunteer day and supporting New York Restoration Project’s MillionTreesNYC initiative in our mission to create a cleaner and greener NYC!  We have a very exciting fun filled day ahead of us and want to be sure that we are all prepared for the day’s expectations.  The following is a list of tips to keep in mind:

IMPORTANT: If you can no longer join us, please click here and let us know by Friday, April 8.  We will miss you, but we appreciate knowing how many volunteers will be with us on Saturday.

REMINDER: Please allow yourself enough time to get there. As we are encouraging volunteers to either drive or use public transportation, we ask that you plan your trip accordingly.

Where to meet & when
Registration will begin at 8:45 a.m.
(Please make every effort to show up on time)
Closing Remarks 2:00 p.m.
Breakfast, lunch & beverages will be served

Meet Up:        MacDonald Park
                       Queens Boulevard between 70th Road and Yellowstone Boulevard
                       Registration is at the southeast corner of the park
Click here for map (Enter MacDonald Park in park name search field)

Volunteer waiver:
We require all volunteers to sign a simple waiver form prior to beginning the corporate volunteer day. The waivers will be at the front of the entrance of the park.
*Please note, if you are under 18 years of age, you are required to have a parent or guardian sign the attached waiver and bring it with you to be submitted the day of the event.

Proper attire:
Volunteers should wear comfortable clothing they will not mind getting dirty.  Please wear sneakers (no flip-flops or open toed-shoes).  A hat or sun block is recommended. Please note: Volunteers are responsible for their belongings.  NYRP staff cannot insure personal belongings will be safe if left unattended.  Note: You will be receiving a free ‘One Thing That’s Green’ t-shirt when you register.

Inclement weather:
NYRP’s park managers and horticultural staff work outdoors year-round – rain or shine (or snow!).  However, NYRP staff may cancel a project if we feel weather conditions create unsafe working conditions.  Should there be a cancellation, it will be posted on the site.

Getting there:
By Subway: MacDonald Park is located just off the E, F, M and R subways at Forest Hills-71st Av.
By Car:  Limited metered parking. There are also several parking garages near MacDonald Park.  Closest to the registration area is Sylvan Midway Garage at 10818 Queens Boulevard.

Directions from Manhattan: Take the Queensboro Bridge into Queens and continue onto Queens Boulevard.  Stay right to stay on Queens Boulevard, and MacDonald Park will be on the right.

Directions from Brooklyn: Take the Jackie Robinson Parkway and exit onto Forest Park Drive/Forest Park.  Slight right at Union Turnpike and left at Woodhaven Boulevard.  Slight right onto Yellowstone Boulevard and turn right on Queens Boulevard.  MacDonald Park will be on the right.

Directions from Long Island: Take the Grand Central Parkway and exit onto Union Turnpike.  Turn right at Queens Boulevard and left onto Yellowstone Boulevard.  MacDonald Park will be on the left.

Directions from Staten Island: Take the I-278 E/Staten Island Expy ramp on the left to Verrazano bridge.  Merge onto 1-278 E.  Take exit 35 toward I-495 E/48 St.  Take exit 35E toward I-495 E/Eastern Long Is/Riverhead.  Merge onto Queens Midtown Expressway Lwr Deck En.  Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-495 E/Eastern Long Is and merge onto I-495 E.  Take exit 19 for NY-25 toward Woodhaven Blvd/Queens Blvd.  Keep right at the fork to continue toward Eliot Ave/Horace Harding Blvd.  Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-495 E/NY-25/Queens Blvd.  Keep right at the fork and merge onto Eliot Ave/Horace Harding Blvd.  Turn right at Queens Blvd.  MacDonald Park will be on the right.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Gina Rauscher
JetBlue Airways
Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility

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