From south Westchester County, the Bronx River twists its way for 23 miles through the Bronx, eventually making its way into the East River. Originally, a source of fishing and fresh water to the Mohegan Native Americans, the river quickly attracted European beaver traders in the 17th century. By the end of the 19th century, the river's banks were overrun with industrial plants. Unfortunately, with the industry, came heavy amounts of pollution, sewage and debris filling the water, making the Bronx River one of the most heavily polluted rivers in America.
Today, there have been great strides made by the grassroots efforts of many environmental groups like the Bronx River Alliance, toward the revitalization of the Bronx River. Concrete Plant Park, is one of many green spaces that now line river creating a platform for outdoor recreation like row boating, biking, and sports. Although the water quality in this park has tremendously improved, it still collects litter from the busy streets that surround it.
Please join Bronx River Alliance and United by Blue for a cleanup of the Bronx River, and help to continue the revitalization efforts of the river and green space around it.
United By Blue will provide all of the cleanup supplies, and all volunteers will have the chance to win prizes during two cleanup games!. Groups of all sizes are welcome.
Due to some steep hills, this cleanup is most suitable for volunteers 12 and older. Please wear sturdy shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty or wet.
Public Transportation Directions:
- Take 6 train to Whitlock Ave.
- Walk to Northern Entrance of Park (1368-1372 Westchester Ave.)