Meet a New Yorker for Parks


Throughout the five boroughs, volunteers are the lifeblood of parks and open spaces. In this series, we’ll introduce you to New Yorkers who are making an impact in their neighborhoods.

David Karopkin: WILD/GooseWatchNYC, Brooklyn 
Raphael Schweizer: Pelham Parkway Citizens Conservation Corps, Bronx
Joe Zeigler: G.Y.M. Project, Bronx
Robert Holden: Juniper Valley Civic Association
Mac Levine: Concrete Safaris, East Harlem, Manhattan

In Memoriam: Edward (Kerry) Sullivan: Natural Resources Protective Association, Staten Island
Ms. McQueen: Queensbridge Park, Queens

Okja Cho: Alley Pond Maintenance Club, Queens

Jennifer Fragale: The Daffodil Project/Chelsea Garden Club

Lourdes Hernandez-Cordero: Hike the Heights/CLIMB, Manhattan
Rosa and Benny Wong: West Cunningham Park Civic Association, Queens
Richie Chan: Natural Resources Protective Association, Staten Island
Evelyn Chen: Tree steward, Manhattan
Dorothea Poggi: Ferry Point Park West, Bronx
Phyllis Yampolsky: McCarren Park Pool, Brooklyn
Debra Myers: Claremont Park & Mount Eden Malls, Bronx
Phil Hawkins: Brower Park, Brooklyn
In Memoriam: Greg Jackson: Brownsville Recreation Center, Brooklyn
Kamillah Hanks: Tappen Park, Staten Island
Pat Courtney: Isham Park, Manhattan
Rocco Brescia: Kaiser Park, Brooklyn
Lorita Watson: Williamsbridge Oval, Bronx
Christine Murray: McCarren Park Dog Run, Brooklyn
Kathleen Vorwick: Pouch Camp & Staten Island Greenbelt, Staten Island
Len Maniace: Jackson Heights Beautification Group, Queens
Martha Lopez-Gilpin: Astoria Park, Queens
Lucy Aponte: Soundview Park, Bronx
Lynn Rogers: Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries, Staten Island
Beverly McDermott: Kissena Park, Queens
In Memoriam: Evelyn Lauder: Citywide