Designed to engage the public in understanding the potential eco-system that a well-informed community and healthy coastal environment can provide for themselves and their families.

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September 2016


Intl Coastal Clean Up

TIME: Sunday, September 18th, 2016 11 AM - 1 PM

LOCATION: Beach boardwalk at Beach 59th St

Join us for the Annual International Coastal Clean Up in partnership with the American Littoral Society on Rockaway Beach. People of all ages are encouraged to participate. All trash collected at this event will be entered into the national database, which goes to help establish legislation to reduce trash along our shores.

Students can receive community service hours for their efforts. Students should bring any paperwork from their schools for signatures. 

Registration is not required. This event is hosted rain or shine! 

Special thanks to Patagonia for sponsoring this event.


Community Health Action Plan Convening I

TIME: Thursday, September 22nd, 3:30-7:30PM
LOCATION: RISE, 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Queens, NY 11692

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA) is hosting a collaborative process with local residents, community members and stakeholders at Rockaway Institute for a Sustainable Environment (RISE) to develop an action plan for improving the health and wellbeing of the Far Rockaway, Arverne and Edgemere communities. We invite community members to engage in this vital community planning process. Please register here. 

BACKGROUND: In 2014 the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, one of the nation's largest and oldest public health agencies, embarked on a multi-phased process aimed to mobilize communities to reach health improvement objective outlined in the Take Care New York 2020 Plan (link). Phase I identified priority issues in Far Rockaway, Arverne and Edgemere including: unmet mental health needs, unmet medical needs, violence, baby-friendly hospitals, high school graduations, controlled high blood pressure, sugary drinks and smoking. This fall, in Phase II, RWA will lead a community engagement process with a diverse group of members and stakeholders to set the top healthy priorities and to develop an action plan.

PURPOSE: RWA will host two convening for the community to collaborate. At the first meeting on September 22 participants will set one to two community health priorities. At the second meeting, scheduled tentatively for November 3 or 10, 3:30-7:30 PM, participants will set an action plan for addressing the chosen community health priorities.  To sustain and support this integral conversation, we strongly encourage participants to commit to attending both convenings and to register (please see registration below). 

Convenings will include healthy and delicious local food and the arts.

Visit http://www.rwalliance.org/rwa/projects/community-health-plan/ for more information. 


Rockspot Bike Tour

TIME: Sunday, September 25th, 2016  11 AM - 1 PM

DEPARTURE LOCATION: RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

The Rockspot Bike Tours are interactive tours that allows participants to explore select sites of environmental and historical significance along the Rockaway Peninsula.

Join us for a bike tour to the east end of the Rockaways. We will travel through Arverne East to explore the natural vegetation and protective dune barrier growing along the eastern end of the Rockaway Peninsula.

Adults and families are welcome to join this tour. Registration is required. $10 suggested donation for adults on the day. Kids under 18 are FREE.


Rockaway Dune Planting

TIME: Sunday, October 2nd, 2016, 11 AM - 1 PM

LOCATION: Meet at RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Come join the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance for a community volunteer day culminating in a celebration of the land and water.

For this dune restoration we will be planting shrubs and native grasses to create a natural protective buffer of dunes along the east end of the Rockaways.

Adults and kids alike are welcome to participate in this event. Dress accordingly.

Registration is not required but students looking to do community service hours are encouraged to bring paperwork from their schools.

Special thanks to Patagonia for sponsoring this event.

October 2016


Daffodil Giveaway

TIME: Saturday October 8th, 10 AM-1 PM

LOCATION: RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

New Yorkers for Parks is offering free daffodil bulbs for any Rockaway community groups or individuals interested in hosting projects at their schools', businesses' or neighborhood's blocks. RWA is hosting the Queens distribution event at our site.  


Fall Foraging Tour with Steve Brill

TIME: Saturday, October 8th 10 AM-12 noon
LOCATION: RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

America's go-to guy for foraging, "Wildman" Steve Brill, in conjunction with the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, will lead one of his world-famous foraging tours of the Far Rockaway seashore. This tour is the "Hunt for Autumn Olive Berries". By studying foraging and nature, those who join us on this tour will learn to enjoy edible plants and reaffirm their commitment to preserving and rebuilding our ecological riches.

The 2-hour walking tour begins at 10AM at RISE Center. Advanced registration is suggested as space is limited.
Tour is $20/adult, $10/children under 12 to be given at the start of the tour.

For "Wildman's" 2016 tour calendar and additional info, please visit http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com


Hip Hop Halloween Celebration

TIME: Sunday, October 16th, 1 PM - 4 PM
LOCATION: RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join Rockaway Waterfront Alliance for the 5th Annual Hip Hop Halloween. Celebrate halloween with family and friends in the Hip Hop Community Garden by taking part in painting a pumpkin, face painting and festive food. This event is free and open to the public. No registration required.


Sandy Anniversary Planting

TIME: Sunday, October 23rd, 2016, 11 AM- 1 PM

LOCATION: RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

For the four year anniversary of Storm Sandy, RWA is bringing people of all ages together to create a natural protective buffer for the Rockaway community.

 As we learned from the storm, the natural vegetation and dunes that exist off our shores served as a protective buffer to the homes and businesses that exist in these areas. Many of these dunes were compromised by the storm and need to be replenished to be effective.

Families and people of all ages are welcome to participate in this dune restoration project. Students can receive community service hours. No registration is required. This event is rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.

Special thanks to Patagonia, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and New York City Audubon for their support.


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