(Staten Island, NY – October 2013) The Historic Tappen Park Community Partnership will celebrate their bi-annual event, “It’s My Park Day!” on Saturday, October 19, 2013, in Tappen Park from 12:00pm  – 3:00pm. Sponsored by Con Edison and Citizens Committee of New York, “It’s My Park Day”, is a citywide initiative that encourages thousands of New Yorkers come together to volunteer and celebrate their neighborhood parks and public spaces throughout the five boroughs. This year, the event has more meaning to the residents and businesses located in the surrounding community as HTCP successfully raised additional funding to replace much of the plant life destroyed by Hurricane Sandy last October.

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“In addition to 2000 daffodil’s donated by New Yorker’s 4 Parks, we have over 150 plants and small trees purchased from Sweetbrook’s Nursery to put in the ground.” “We are asking everyone to come down to Tappen Park and lend a hand,” says Kamillah Hanks, President of Historic Tappen Park. “I remember when last year’s marathon was cancelled, and hundreds of runners came to Tappen Park to help clean up the damage and debris from the storm. We were the closest park from the ferry. It was incredible thing to experience”

NYC Department Small Business Services, BFC Partners, New York City Parks Foundation, Partnership for Parks, NYC Department of Parks, Con Edison and Citizens Committee have been the main sponsors of all the initiatives being held in Tappen Park this year.

Historic Tappen Park Community Partnership will be offering several activities to engage the community and especially our youth to learn about the importance of caring for and maintaining their local parks. “We are so grateful to the Historic Tappen Park Community Partnership and all the volunteers who will be coming out to make Staten Island greener and greater on “It’s My Park Day,” said NYC Parks Borough Commissioner Adena Long.  “The Historic Tappen Park Community Partnership shows us all year long what volunteers can do for a community and Tappen Park has certainly reaped the benefits of their hard work.”

The Staten Island gardeners will lead volunteers in an informative workshop that will teach the basics of maintaining a horticultural site: weeding, debris removal, and watering. Volunteers will work on the entrance beds, help with the removal of litter and weeds from garden beds, incorporate compost into the soil and plant perennials and ground-cover and finally, mulch the beds and then water! Supplies will be provided.

“This year we are extremely fortunate to have Con Edison sponsor our flagship event for the spring and fall,” explains Kamillah Hanks, President of HTCP.

Eden II Programs center for autistic children and adults (whose headquarters is slated to relocate to Stapleton) are one of the many groups that volunteer for IMPD. The North Shore Business Association, along with the Brighton Heights Reform Church’s Youth Ministry, Bedford Green Park/Roots of Peace Community Garden and Van Duzer Street Civic Association will also be participating in the planting efforts on Saturday.

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The Historic Tappen Park Community Partnership (HTCP), founded in 2012 was formed for the purpose of promoting Tappen Park as a viable venue for positive community arts, cultural, and educational programs and events. HTCP seeks to encourage public and private investment for the continuous structural and overall beautification of Tappen Park, and is committed to make Tappen Park a place-making public space that helps spur positive economic development of the surrounding neighborhood to promote a healthier, more social and economically viable community.