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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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March 2017

 

DATE UPDATED - Dune Planting

TIME: Saturday, March 25th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 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 planting we will be restoring native plants 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.


 

DATE UPDATED - Resiliency Speaker Series: Composting 101

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

As part of its Resiliency Speaker Series, join Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and the New York City Compost Project to learn how to compost in your backyard or community garden. 

This workshop will cover compost recipes, elements, basic tools and site designs in order to successfully compost your garden waste and food scraps. It will also include a hands on activity to engage participants in learning how to build balanced compost piles out of the materials available in your community.

This is a NY Rising Community Center service provided in partnership with the Governors Office of Storm Recovery.

 


April 2017

 

Farm Share Workshop 2

TIME: Saturday, April 8th, 2:00-5:00pm
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Starting this summer, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance will begin an intergenerational farm share. Becoming a member will allow you to you to have direct access to high quality, seasonal, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers at a lower cost than you could find at a farmers market or supermarket.

In this workshop we will talk about weekly meal planning around your Farm Share. Learn how to sort, store, and prioritize using the veggies in your share. Get comfortable with your veggies by learning more about their seasonality, cooking techniques that work for different parts of the plant, and strategies to make home-cooking efficient, flexible, and fun.


 

Beach Clean Up & Dune Planting

TIME: Saturday, April 22nd, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 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 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.


May 2017

 

11th Annual Earth Day Rockaway

TIME: Saturday, May 6th, 12:00-4:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 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.


 

Bike Tour of Rockaway

TIME: Saturday, May 13th, 11 AM -1 PM
LOCATION: 
RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join Rockaway Waterfront Alliance for a bike tour of the Rockaways. Help us celebrate spring by going outside and exploring New York City together by bike. We will meet at the RISE Center and explore some of the local neighborhoods of Rockaway. Along the way, we will meet local neighbors and explore this unique coastal community.

Adults and children alike are welcome to participate. People must bring their own bikes.


June 2017

 

2017 Rockaway Bike Parade

TIME: Saturday, June 17th, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join us for the Annual Rockaway Bike Parade to celebrate the Rockaway community and healthy living! Walk, dance and bike your way along the Rockaway Boardwalk. We encourage individuals, school groups, and organizations to join in the festivities.

Starting at 11 AM at the RISE Center, RWA will host arts and decorating activities for families and children.The parade will depart at 2 PM from Beach 59th St  and the RISE Center to travel the street and boardwalk en-route to the concessions on Beach 97th St where participants will compete for prizes in the "Best of Rockaway" Awards competition. There will be a judged competition for participants to come dressed as your "favorite Rockaway site or theme".

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.


 

Foraging Tour and Preserve Workshop

TIME: Sunday, June 25th 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Heather Kramer  & Diwa Tamrong will leading a foraging tour of the Rockaways. Those who join us on this tour will learn to enjoy edible plants and reaffirm their commitment to preserving and rebuilding our ecological riches.

After the tour, join us in making beach plum preserves from the fruit bearing shrub and a part of the natural bounty of the Rockaways!

Advanced registration is suggested as space is limited. This workshop is free to anyone under the age of 18. Suggested donation of $15/adult on the day of the event.


July 2017

 

Community Stewardship Clean Up & Jamaica Bay Paddle

TIME: Saturday, July 15th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: 
RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Public Transit Directions: Take A train (Far Rockaway) to Beach 59th St station. 

Come join RWA and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation for a community volunteer day to put the final touches on cleaning up an overgrown trail along Jamaica Bay and host a celebratory paddle for volunteers afterwards.

Local residents and families are welcome to participate in this stewardship event.

Registration is not required.

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 Patagonia for sponsoring this event.


September 2017

 

International Coastal Clean up

TIME: Sunday, September 17th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 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.


 

Dune Planting

TIME: Sunday, September 24th, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: 
RISE, 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.


October 2017

 

Daffodil Giveaway

TIME: Saturday, October 7th, 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 our site.  


 

Hip Hop Halloween

TIME: Sunday, October 15th, 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: Sunday, October 22nd, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

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 Patagonia for sponsoring this event.


 

Success Stories:

Meet Melina

Melina is the Treasurer of the Shore Corps Program as a part of Rockaway Waterfront Alliance.  She has been a member since 2014.