Despite the intense heat, SCA’s Sandy recovery crews are teaming up with the Jamaica Bay Conservation Corps today at Frank Charles Park in Queens, NY. Dozens of members have converged on this prized neighborhood park to repair a baseball diamond ravaged by the hurricane, dig out sand-filled dug outs, paint park benches and much more.
Despite its important place in the community, Frank Charles Park – technically, a park of Gateway National Recreation Area – has often lacked the attention and resources necessary to keep it in top shape, so we are psyched to get in there with the JBCC and restore the field and other park assets for local kids and families.
Devon Williams, a 19-year old SCA member from Staten Island, summed it up well. “If people see SCA cleaning up communities, maybe it will spark something in others to help out and take innovative,” he says. “And the more people SCA is able to get, the better communities will become.”
Next week, SCA members are slated to build a bocce court at the park, in addition to removing sand from Miller Field, hauling debris off the beach at Sandy Hook, and installing fencing at several Gateway sites.