Sunday, March 27, 2011

Help Plant Trees in Forest Hills on Sat, April 9th - Restore MacDonald Park & Surroundings

Please download the Apr 9, 2011 One Thing That's Green event flyer, sign up online to plant trees in Forest Hills, & forward to your friends.

Rego-Forest Preservation Council & the Queens Boulevard Restoration Group are helping JetBlue & the New York Restoration Project, by seeking volunteers to help plant trees in Forest Hills on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 9 AM - 2:30 PM. 

Forest Hills was one neighborhood which sustained some of the worst devastation during the Sept 16, 2010 tornadoes, and a total of 3,113 trees were lost in Queens, Brooklyn, & Staten Island. Chairman Michael Perlman & board members of Rego-Forest Preservation Council have documented the tornado's fury, nominated Forest Hills for tree replanting, and assisted NYRP in the property survey, which became the basis for this event.

Please help restore the "forest" in Forest Hills by assisting in the planting of trees at historic MacDonald Park on Queens Blvd & 70th Ave, as well as on apartment building lawns within a 10-block radius. Join in for a community day of green activities, including a complimentary breakfast, lunch, a theme t-shirt, & entertainment. Best yet, see the tree YOU planted in years to come!

To volunteer, register online & forward to your friends:

Steve Melnick, Chair of the Queens Boulevard Restoration Group with Michael Perlman, Chair of Rego-Forest Preservation Council stand on Continental Ave near Austin St on March 26, 2011, to promote the April 9th One Thing That's Green event. We extend our gratitude towards Starbucks at 107-12 Continental Ave for permitting the setup, and providing wi-fi access outside their shop.

Press Release for One Thing That's Green Event:

JetBlue and New York Restoration Project (NYRP) are teaming up once again to do One Thing That's Green! Join us on April 9, 2011 as we plant hundreds of trees in Forest Hills, Queens!

In September, tornadoes ripped through Queens leaving once lush areas looking vacant. Trees are a vital part of the environment, especially in New York City, and by recommendation of the City of New York, JetBlue and NYRP will partner to revitalize MacDonald Park and surrounding areas.
Bring your friends and family for an exciting day of outdoor activities that encourage active living! Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and all volunteers will receive a One Thing That's Green branded t-shirt. There will be activities for the entire family throughout the day.

Register now and check back for updates in the coming weeks. All volunteers must register and complete a waiver. Young adults ages 14 to 17 must have a signed waiver from a parent or guardian to participate. Kids younger than 14 are welcome with an adult and they'll be plenty of activities for everyone.

Do your One Thing That's Green Together with our partners NYRP, 106.7 Lite FM, 103.5 KTU, and Power 105.1, JetBlue will make a lasting difference on the community and continue to evolve our commitment to greening the Big Apple.

When: Saturday, April 9, 2011
Where: MacDonald Park, Forest Hills, Queens
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM
What: One Thing That's Green tree planting and activities!

MacDonald Park throughout its many seasons before the tornadoes....

MacDonald Park, where 56 trees fell after the tornadoes, with many more damaged.....

The monumental Weeping Willow trees outside The James Madison before & after the tornado...

More tornado destruction....

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