Grow Wild For Resilience at Stuy Cove Park

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24-20 Fdr Drive Service Road East

New York, NY 10010

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We are kicking off climate week at Stuy Cove with a special community volunteer day focused on learning about how to #growwild for ecological resilience in the face of climate change:

Sept 21, 9 - 12. Pizza lunch. RSVP required. Appropriate for all ages.

Stuy Cove Park is New York City's oldest ecological park, created beginning in the 1990s by teachers, environmental activists, and community members to save this 2 acre strip of waterfront from commercial development. The park is a successful example of how sustainable stewardship of public land can create wilderness and support ecological resilience by making space for wild urban plants to evolve at the pace of climate change.

Stuy Cove Park is a protected wildlife habitat and the only all native plant food forest on the East Coast, and is set to close in July 2020 for installation of flood protection structures that will necessitate destruction of this resource to protect some of the communities in Manhattan most vulnerable to coastal flooding: the NYCHA complexes in the East Village and Lower East Side, as well as other area residents. Solar One is working to prepare for the closure of the park and continue our work in regenerative native plant agriculture and wilderness stewardship with the community's help to #growwild for resilience on our public waterfront. Participants will learn about the history and future of the park, and how we are creating wilderness here in the most urban place in the world.

Volunteers can choose from several tasks depending on interest and ability, including:

* An iNaturalist BioBlitz to document some of the smallest and busiest New Yorkers: the resident and migratory pollinators working hard to make the most of the fall blooms! This essential citizen science project will set a benchmark count of the biodiversity of an 18 year old wildlife habitat, informing evaluation of future projects.

* Invasive weed management is required at Stuy Cove as we work to support native wild plants in reclaiming urban land. Problematic species in our wild gardens include field bindweed and Asian dayflower, with some appearances of chickweed, mugwort, and curly dock. Weeders will gain experience in identification of native and non-native weeds, and learn about the ecosystems services provided by these maligned plants, as well as which ones are delicious!

* Planting our Modular Edible Ecosystems in advance of the East Side Coastal Resiliency project: These 12 sq ft planters are portable wild ecosystems that Solar One will use to bank the genetics of our resilient wild plants during construction of Stuyvesant Cove Park. We have identified Waterside Pier, on the East River just south of the United Nations, as a potential site for our portable park, and are working to create robust and diverse planters to create a home for displaced wildlife as well as much needed greenspace for an underserved community.

* Free play in our children's adventure garden, where kids are invited to pick flowers, dig for soil creatures, and explore clean and wild nature in the midst of the concrete jungle.

Please dress comfortably and for the weather. Volunteers are required to wear sturdy closed-toed shoes or boots, should wear clothes you can get dirty, should wear hair tied back, and remove jewelry. Volunteers should also plan to bring a reusable water bottle and sunscreen.


Getting to Stuyvesant Cove Park:

Stuyvesant Cove Park
Solar One

There is free parking at the park for 8 cars, and overflow parking next door at the Skyport garage.

Transit:
  • By subway:

    • Volunteers can take the 4 or 6 to 23 Street Station and walk East on East 23rd Street to the end where they will arrive to Stuyvesant Cove Park

  • By bus:

    • M9 Bus

      • Volunteers can take the M9 bus to East 18th Street and Avenue C

      • Next volunteers should cross into Stuyvesant Cove Park and walk North to the meeting place in the park at East 23rd Street and the East River.

    • M23 SBS Bus

      • Volunteers can take the M23 SBS bus to East 23rd Street and Avenue C

      • Next volunteers should cross into Stuyvesant Cove Park

    • M34 Bus

      • Volunteers can take the M34 bus to East 23rd Street and Avenue C

      • Next volunteers should cross into Stuyvesant Cove Park


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