McGolrick Park received a double dose of corporate largesse last week at two separate community service days.
The one-two clean-up punch started on Tuesday, with volunteers from American Express collecting 42 bags of leaves, despite a cold, steady rain strong enough to dampen the spirits of any volunteer. That effort was followed up on Thursday, when more than 50 volunteers from The Domain Companies’ New York staff gathered in McGolrick for a day of service. The team spent the day transforming the park, spreading over 2,000 square feet of woodchips in the dog run, painting 360 feet of fence in the park’s main plaza, installing 255 bulbs and plants and collecting more than 150 bags of leaves.
“We believe that facilitating regular volunteer opportunities for our employees strengthens both our company and our community,” said Aaron Amitin, Domain’s Executive Vice President. “The day was a huge success – it was wonderful to engage our whole team in a common goal determined in partnership with community stakeholders, and to see the immediate impact of our hard work.”
Domain has developments throughout New York, including Eleven33 at 1133 Manhattan Avenue. “We hope to see Eleven33’s residents and neighbors continue to enjoy McGolrick Park for a long time to come,” added Amitin.
Both the AMEX and Domain events were facilitated by Partnerships for Parks, a public-private program of the city’s Parks Department and the non-profit City Parks Foundation, which supports community groups in parks improvement projects such as clean ups and volunteer events.
Local advocacy group, the McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance (MPNA) coordinated the clean-up days, just the latest in a series of successful efforts by the organization to improve the popular park.
“The McGolrick Park Neighborhood Alliance deeply appreciates having such important corporations as American Express and The Domain Companies spend their volunteer service days at McGolrick Park last week,” said a spokesperson for the group. “Because it is so heavily used, this special park needs lots of care and constant upkeep. We are very fortunate to have had this support from AMEX and Domain and from the NYC Partnership for Parks.”