Volunteers Needed For Spring Cleaning Sunday

Trash strewn along Hylan Boulevard adjacent to Great Kills Park.

A much-needed Spring cleaning will take place this Sunday, April 12th at Gateway National Recreation Area property along Hylan Boulevard between Keegans Lane and Buffalo Street in Bay Terrace.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-East Shore) has organized the cleanup with Natural Resources Protection Association and the Bay Terrace Beautification Association, two local organizations committed to keeping our community clean and environment safe.

Malliotakis has repeatedly written to National Parks Service in recent years advising them that the area has become an eyesore on the community and the agency must maintain its property. The area has been cleaned periodically by joint efforts of the assemblywoman’s office, National Parks, NYC Parks, and community volunteers, but litter is accumulated quickly and frequently on this nine-block stretch of property.

“Now that the snow has melted, we see all the trash accumulated during the winter months and it’s disgusting. I live right up the street, and this stretch of Hylan Boulevard has become a terrible eyesore and reflects poorly on Staten Island and all of us who call it home. The government must maintain its property just like every other homeowner or business owner is required to do, and it’s incumbent upon each individual, whether they live here or are just passing through, to be respectful of our community and properly dispose of their garbage rather than throwing it off the side of the road,” said Malliotakis. “I’m very thankful to the Natural Resources Protection Association and the Bay Terrace Beautification Association for volunteering their time and resources as they have so many times in the past. They always answer the call.”

Those who wish to help can meet at 10:00 a.m. this Sunday, April 12, near the entrance to Gateway National Recreation Area (Hylan Blvd. and Buffalo Street). Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves and garbage bags, as equipment may be limited.