Trash Collection

Friday, August 22, 2014

Bottle Cap Bonanza at Flushing Meadow Corona Park

The US Open brings many visitors and locals to Flushing Meadows Corona Park during the last few weeks of summer each year. Tuesday, August 19 was no different. The park was buzzing with excitement and anticipation. One particular group was not looking for tennis players or celebrities. Instead this group was looking for bottle caps! The organization Community Mediation Services, Inc joined the NYC Parks'  Queens Green Teens Program. The youth volunteers donated three hours of their time to participate in the "Bottle Cap Bonanza". Litter is a preventable problem. Staff spends hours removing litter to ensure the cleanliness of our parkland. The youth members of Community Mediation Services, Inc. removed over 2,000 bottle caps. The volunteers were astonished at the amount of caps left behind by park patrons. Community service teaches youth many important life lessons including the importance of team work, proper use of  receptacles and consequences of our actions. At the end of the "Bottle Cap Bonanza" the group enjoyed a beautiful stroll in the park followed by authentic Spanish cuisine sold by a local vendor. Queens Recreation gave the volunteers canteens as a token of our appreciation and thanks.


-Marie Vulcain

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