A group of local volunteers — estimated to be as many as 50 people at one time — met in Tompkins Square Park this morning to pick up trash and weed and rake parts of the gardens.
Given the city's budget cuts, Johnny Young, the head gardener in Tompkins Square Park, has often been assigned to work in other areas... "leaving Tompkins vulnerable to trash and weeds," as he put it in the invite.
Young and longtime EV resident Penny Rand organized today's event. They were joined by Sam Biederman, an assistant Parks commissioner, and Alan Good, who donated the ping-pong tables in the Park several years ago.
EVG contributor Steven, who was among the volunteers, shared these photos... Deborah Hulse, better known as Debi the Gardener, came out of retirement to help... And Sheena won the battle against the large weed... ... and a shout-out to Tompkins Square Bagels for donating bagels...