Pitch In to Clean Up Sunset Park on Sunday

By Nikhita Venugopal on August 15, 2014 1:26pm 

 Sunset Park, the local green space from which the neighborhood gets its name, is bound by Fifth Avenue, 41st Street, Seventh Avenue and 44th Street.
Sunset Park, the local green space from which the neighborhood gets its name, is bound by Fifth Avenue, 41st Street, Seventh Avenue and 44th Street.
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SUNSET PARK — Get out your rakes, Sunset Park.

The neighborhood’s local park is slated for a community cleanup this weekend, where volunteers will pick up litter, collect leaves and beautify the space, City Councilman Carlos Menchaca announced.

The event will take place Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. and is a response to the need for more frequent trash collection at the park, according to Jorge Muniz, a community liaison for Menchaca.

More than 100 community members are expected to attend, including students and family members from Ferrer's Jujitsu, a martial arts center in the neighborhood, representatives from the 72nd Precinct, members of the Sunset Park Business Improvement District and the Chinese-American Planning Council.

Partnership for Parks will provide cleaning materials.

The councilman hopes to send a message through the volunteer cleanup day: "keep our parks clean," Menchaca said in a statement.

"It is no secret that our Sunset Park neighborhood families value clean and safe green spaces," said the councilman, who is also partnering with SIMS Recycling, S.P.R.I.G and St. Michael's Church for the cleanup.

Sunset Park, bound by Fifth Avenue, 44th Street, Seventh Avenue and 41st Street, is one of the few green spaces in the densely populated neighborhood, which has long awaited the opening of Bush Terminal Piers Park on the waterfront.

The highest points in the park offer picturesque views of Manhattan, along with playgrounds, basketball courts, a swimming pool and a synthetic turf field that opened last year following a $4.4 million renovation.

Residents who roll up their sleeves will be able to celebrate after the cleanup with pizza from Luigi’s in Sunset Park.

Volunteers can check in at the park’s entrance at 44th Street and Sixth Avenue, near the chess tables.

To sign up, visit this Facebook page or contact Jorge Muniz at (347) 620-5372 or jmuniz@council.nyc.gov.

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