OUR EVENTS:

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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April 2018

 

Beach Clean Up & Dune Planting

TIME: Sunday, April 22nd, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
LOCATION: Meet at B44th St and the Boardwalk

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

For this event we will be cleaning the shoreline and planting native beach plum and shrubs 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.


 

Discover Coral Exhibit

TIME: Sunday, April 22nd, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance presents Discover Coral, an exhibit the explores coral reefs and how the changing climate and pollution are affecting the healthy and vibrancy of some of the most ecologically important habitat in the world.

Coral reefs are home to twenty-five percent of all marine life and 500 million people globally rely on coral reefs for food, tourism income and coastal protection. Corals are also fascinating organisms and the architects behind the world's largest structures.They are however in a dramatic state of decline. The world has lost over 40% of corals over the last 30 years due to pollution, destructive fishing and climate change.

Discover coral and what you can do to help save this important natural resource. The exhibit is inspired by Jeff Orlowski's film, Chasing Coral, and the XL Catlin Seaview Survey and was realized by artists Heather Kramer and Diwa Tamrong. 

We thank the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs for their generous support through the Cultural Development Fund. 


May 2018

 

12th Annual Earth Day Rockaway

TIME: Saturday, May 5th, 12 PM - 4 PM
LOCATION: RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Come out and enjoy a day of fun by the Rockaway beach with free activities and programs for families and kids of all ages.

This year's event will include: Live music and food along with activities like kite-making, recycling Olympics, mock dolphin rescue, plantings, composting, face painting, water testing, raptor demonstration, firehouse safety obstacle course, and art-related booths to learn how to appreciate and conserve the earth's resources.

All activities are free and intended to raise awareness of the natural resources along the Rockaway shoreline. 

Organizations interested in participating in tabling at this event are encouraged to contact Judah Asimov at: jasimov@rwalliance.org.


 

Visit to Sang Lee Farms

TIME: Saturday, May 19th, 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Meet at RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join us for an exciting all day tour of Sang Lee Farms in the Northfork of Long Island.

Sang Lee Farms is the farm partner for Rockaway's first official Farm Share. Sang Lee provides low cost, seasonal, certified organic produce for the Rockaway Farm Share Market that meets at RISE every Wednesday from 4-7PM. Please click here to learn more about the farm share.

The general public is welcome to join us for this special tour of Sang Lee Farm in Peconic, NY.

The bus departs from RISE (5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY 11692) at 8:30AM and will return by 6:30PM. The bus is free of charge but interested parties must register in advance as space is limited.


June 2018

 

Wellness in Motion

TIME: Saturday, June 2nd,  12:00AM - 4:00PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St), Far Rockaway, NY 11692

Join us as we bike, run, and walk down the peninsula to raise awareness about the importance of maintaining mental and physical wellness. Participants will also have the opportunity to ride with doctors, social workers, and community health specialists who can answer questions about participants' health. At the finish line, all participants will receive a free bag with gifts and information about community resources

Parade participants are encouraged to create something fun and festive to wear in the parade. Starting at 11 AM, the roadway at Beach 59th St will be closed for participants to work on decorating bikes, costumes, and finalizing details on their floats.

The parade will depart at 2 PM from the RISE Center and travel to the Beach 17th St Concessions where trophies will be awarded for the "Best in Show" award competition taking place at 3 PM. 

The parade is FREE however all participants are required to register in advance and sign in at the beginning of the parade. Children under 14 must have a parent or guardian present with them on the parade and sign their waiver on the day of the event.

This event is made possible by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


July 2018

 

Jamaica Bay Community Clean Up & Paddle

TIME: Saturday, July 7th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Meet at RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join RWA for a clean up and paddle day along Jamaica Bay. Local residents and children of all ages are encouraged to participate in this stewardship event.

There will be a limited number of kayaks for the public to use at no cost. Kayaks will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis to those who participate in the clean up. Participants are required to sign waiver on the day of the event. Children under 16 must have a parent present to sign their waiver. 

Special thanks to NYC DEP, NYS DEC, Patagonia, and Williams for sponsoring this event.


 

Jamaica Bay Community Clean Up & Paddle

TIME: Saturday, July 21st, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: 
Meet at RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join RWA for a clean up and paddle day along Jamaica Bay. Local residents and children of all ages are encouraged to participate in this stewardship event.

There will be a limited number of kayaks for the public to use at no cost. Kayaks will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis to those who participate in the clean up. Participants are required to sign waiver on the day of the event. Children under 16 must have a parent present to sign their waiver. 

Special thanks to NYC DEP, NYS DEC, Patagonia, and Williams for sponsoring this event.


September 2018

 

International Coastal Clean up

TIME: Sunday, September 16th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: B59th St. and the Boardwalk

Join RWA and the NYC Chapter of Surfrider Foundation 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 NYC DEP, NYS DEC, LaGuardia Gateway Partners, and Patagonia for sponsoring this event.


 

Dune Planting

TIME: Saturday, September 22nd, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION:
 Meet at Beach 44th St. and the Boardwalk

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 NYC DEP and NYS DEC for sponsoring this event.


October 2018

 

Daffodil Giveaway

TIME: Saturday, October 6th, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 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 the RISE Center located at 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY 11692. Click here to register with New Yorkers for Parks to pick up daffodil bulbs at the October 7th distribution. 


 

Hip Hop Halloween

TIME: Saturday, October 13th, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 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 & Clean Up

TIME: Saturday, October 20th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Meet at Beach 44th St. and the Boardwalk

For the five 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 NYC DEP, NYS DEC, and Patagonia for sponsoring this event.


 

Success Stories:

Meet Gale

Gale is the parent of two elementary school children who have taken part in the RWA Aqua 101 Summer Program for three consecutive years. Gale has seen a real impact on her children's lives through RWA programs. Hear more about Gale's story.