Friends of Pelham Bay Park

Submitted by ub on Mon, 03/19/2012 - 11:05

Friends of Pelham Bay Park will hold an annual fundraiser this week at 6PM on 3/22 at the Pelham/Split Rock Golf Course Club House. Did you know that there's a small pond in the corner of the Playground for All Children? Help us build a pond viewing platform that is accessible for all children.

With your support, they will purchase a play piece and create an exercise loop that connects the pond, the playground, the gazebo and the Sensory Garden to provide a nature experience that all kids can enjoy.

Then, on 3/24 Trail Day: The group will remove invasive plants & continue restoration work at the Orchard Beach meadow from 10AM - 2PM. A lot of wildlife has returned! Meet at 9:45 AM in the SE corner (far right) of the Orchard beach parking lot.

Please, wear sturdy shoes and bring lunch & water.

Pelham Bay Park is the largest park in New York City, with a 13-mile coastline, salt marshes, shady forests and sunny meadows, a 19th century historic house, the Hunter Island Marine Zoology and Geology Sanctuary, bridle trails, golf courses, bike paths and the only public beach in the Bronx – Orchard Beach.

Since 1992, Friends of Pelham Bay Park has worked with Parks & Recreation to ensure that Pelham Bay Park is used for recreation, education and conservation by present and future generations. They are a diverse group – neighbors, ballplayers, hikers, cyclists, dog owners, horseback riders and history lovers – who care about the park and contribute a range of skills. They recruit, train and supervise volunteers to plant trees, remove invasive plants and maintain the park’s hiking and riding trails. They also sponsor or participate in community events such as EarthFest, Pooch Picnic and the Bronx Native American Festival. Finally, the group raises funds for educational programs, such as the Sensory Garden for special needs children.

Their goal is to help conserve this green space and preserve its natural beauty for everyone to enjoy. Would you like to help enrich the park experience? Join in caring for this Bronx treasure. The Website will inform you about its history and wildlife, upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.