NATURE & PURPOSE OF SERVICE SITE:
Cunningham Park: The rolling terrain of Cunningham Park was carved out by glaciers nearly 20,000 years ago. Archaeological evidence indicates that Native Americans, ancestors of the Mantinecocks, were the first people to settle in the area, arriving about 7000 years ago. They fished, hunted, and later farmed near the shores of Little Neck and Flushing Bays. Dutch colonists arrived in the area in the early 1600s and were followed by the English. During the American Revolution, British soldiers occupied the area and clear-cut most of the native forests for firewood. The rural landscape of eastern Queens remained largely intact until the economic boom and population explosion of the first decades of the 20th century.
USD volunteers will assist with various aspects of park clean up. If possible, please bring garbage bags and gloves to be used at the site. The project will be general cleanup an we all mulching some of the garden beds. If weather permits we will paint some benches and railings.
Volunteers will be meeting at the parking lot at Cunningham park, It is located on Union Turnpike and 196th place.
parking lot at Cunningham park
Union Turnpike and 196th place.
USD volunteers should leave the Queens campus at approximately 11:30am to arrive at the site no later than 12:00pm. The service project should conclude at approximately 3:00pm.
Transportation is NOT provided for this site. Please connect with your Team Leader regarding transportation plans (about a 20 minute walk from Queens Campus).