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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June 2018

 

Wellness in Motion

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

Join us as we bike 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.

The event will depart at 1 PM from the RISE Center and travel to the Beach 17th St. The event 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 and to 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.


 

Movie Screening: Ocean Frontiers III

TIME: Friday, June 8th, 6:30-9:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

New York's ocean use is growing rapidly, with massive new ships, soaring demand for offshore sand mining, and proposed wind energy development offshore. Our busy waters are also home to endangered whales and sea turtles, and support thriving fishing and recreation industries. It's more important than ever that we plan ahead for responsible ocean growth.

Join us for a special screening of Ocean Frontiers III. This hopeful film explores the challenges at the heart of ocean conservation and development, presenting solutions from a range of people who are leading the way to a healthy and sustainable ocean future.

Following the film, there will be panel and conversation so participants can learn how to get involved.


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: Saturday, September 15th, 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 Jadel

Jadel participated in her first RWA program as a 7th grader at PS43. Through high school she has been a valuable contributor to our ongoing efforts and today she continues to work with us as a practicing intern while she attends Hunter College. Hear more about Jadel's story.