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Volunteers Sought For I Love My Park Day On Old Croton Aqueduct

Volunteers at I Love My Park Day on the Old Croton Aqueduct in 2015.
Volunteers at I Love My Park Day on the Old Croton Aqueduct in 2015. Photo Credit: submitted

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- A group advocating for New York's parks and trails is calling for volunteers to participate in the fifth annual I Love My Park Day at the Old Croton Aqueduct.

The event, which runs from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. on May 7, will allow volunteers the opportunity to strengthen the Aqueduct's plant life by removing invasive species, lopping tree-strangling vines and removing litter. The group also plans to rebuild an historic stone wall, according to organizers.

Anyone interested in registering as a volunteer at the event can do so here .

In addition to being an event beneficial to the environment, the day also will be educational. Arborists will be on hand to offer instruction on plant identification and plant removal techniques. A crew from the state's Department of Parks, Recreation and Preservation is also to be involved to work alongside volunteers, according to organizers. A stone mason from J&C Masonry and Landscaping will lead the repair effort on the historic stone wall.

Tools, gloves and bug repellent will be provided and volunteers will receive an I Love My Park t-shirt.

Volunteers will meet at a white canopy on the Aqueduct trail near the Croton Gorge Unique Area. Parking will be available on Quaker Bridge Road in Croton-on-Hudson.

Those attending the event are urged to wear long pants, a hat and a long-sleeved shirt. Bringing a lunch also is advised.

For more information, email Diane Alden of the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct at daldenpc@aqueduct.org or visit here .

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