The Randall’s Island Park Alliance keeps the Park clean, beautiful, and full of fun places to explore. Here are some stories about why others have given back.
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John, an avid runner, said…
“I live on the UES and have run to the Island over the 103rd St Bridge many, many times over the years. So I thought I’d donate.”
Matt, a nature enthusiast, said…
I collected some jumping spider specimens on Randall’s and mailed them to an expert at the University of Kansas. He sent me $20 to cover the shipping, which was polite but not necessary so I decided to pass it on to you guys, great stewards of the spot where the spiders live. Did you know Randall’s has a thriving population of Heliophanus salticids, not otherwise seen in the New World?
I was able to meet Chris Girgenti and other members of the Natural Areas Crew too—did a “fish count” with them last month. A great bunch of people, welcoming, smart, and enthusiastic about what they’re doing. I thought the upcoming soil remediation experiments sounded especially interesting. So probably would have given to Randall’s eventually anyway, no spiders required!
McKinley, a festival goer, said…
Randall’s Island has become pretty special to me these past five years. It is a welcome escape for me from the city. I am a runner and I love to run over the bridge and all around the island. I also attend music festivals on the island, mainly Governors Ball, and I saw one of my favorite bands, Phish, play a three-night run there back in the summer of 2014. My girlfriend and I have also volunteered at the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Randall’s Island is beautiful, and I would like to see it stay that way. It provides an excellent green space in the middle of this concrete city. I know first-hand the benefits of having such a place, and I am fortunate for living in such close proximity. I also believe the community at large is better for it. Anything I can do to help maintain it, I am happy to do so.