The Need to Weed!

Local parks and community gardens need you!

If you want to see flowers like these, weeds need to go. Cone flowers at Cooper Park Photo Credit: Lori Ann Doyon

It’s getting green out there. However, along with flowers, spring brings weeds, so local parks and community gardens need some helping hands.

Cooper Park

The Friends of Cooper Park conduct cleanups at the park on Saturdays starting at 9 a.m. If you’d like to volunteer meet them by the tennis courts. 

Bushwick Inlet Park

Weeding Wednesdays started up again at this park on May 11.  To join first register at, then meet at 86 Kent Avenue on Wednesdays from 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m.  Tools and gloves are provided, but you might want to bring a bottle of water to quench your thirst.  Duties include: weeding, mulching, tending to bushes and blossoms, sometimes planting and watering (if necessary). 

Transmitter Park:

Selected Sundays at this park are known as Gardening Sundays. Where they invite the community to “give some love to the gardens in the form of weeding, mulching and planting.”  The Friends of Transmitter Park provides gloves, tools, and supplies. They recommend helpers bring their own water, a hat, and wear sunscreen. To check for dates and to register go here:

Community Gardens:

North Brooklyn Gardens Bike Tour

UPDATE 06.02.2022: The North Brooklyn Gardens Bike Tour is SOLD OUT. But don’t get too down— all are welcome to the after-party at Red Shed Community Garden on June 4 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The garden itself will be open from 12 p.m. until the party is over at 7 p.m.

On June 4, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  NYC Parks GreenThumb will hold their North Brooklyn Gardens Bike Tour to celebrate the 5th annual Open Garden Day.  The event is free, but you are asked to register: . The start of the tour meets at The Green Dome Garden (McCarren Park) and will proceed on a guided 6.5-mile bike tour of North Brooklyn community gardens.  Community gardens on the tour are: Red Shed Garden, Java Street Community Garden, La Casita Verde, Powers St. Community Garden, Sunshine Community Garden, and El Puente: Espiritu Tierra Community Garden. You’ll need to bring your own bike, helmet, water, sunblock, snacks, etc. This also gives many the opportunity to learn how to volunteer at a community garden.

For more info go to:
If it rains on June 4, the tour and after-party will happen on June 5 (same time and meeting spot).

Olive Street Garden: Open Garden Day NYC

Enjoy and learn about the Olive Street garden from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 4. The garden is located at 25 Olive St.

McCarren Park Demonstration Garden: The Very Hungry Open Garden Day

On June 5, the McCarren Park Demonstration Garden will be open for a tour and workshops including Wild Edible Plants & Weeding, A Very Hungry Caterpillar Scavenger Hunt, and Sugar: A Photosynthesis Story. Open hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and workshop hours will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet at 457 Leonard St.

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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