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Downtown Yonkers Gets Greener As Earth Day Turns Into Earth Week

The Hudson River will be the focal point of some events planned by Yonkers for Earth Week.
The Hudson River will be the focal point of some events planned by Yonkers for Earth Week. Photo Credit: Donna Davis

YONKERS, N.Y. – The Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID and a variety of community groups have joined forces to “turn the city greener” starting on Saturday.

“Although Earth Day is April 22, we believe that enhancing our city’s environment shouldn’t be limited to just one day,” said Daniel Lipka, executive director of the BID.

Earth Week activities include environmental cleanups and beautification projects (involving people from throughout the county), walking tours, plantings, educational activities at the Yonkers Science Barge and Beczak, and family entertainment.

Partners in these efforts include Groundwork Hudson Valley, the Sarah Lawrence Center for the Urban River, the Clearwater, the City of Yonkers and many others.

Earth Week schedule:

Saturday, April 18: River and aqueduct cleanups

9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Old Croton Aqueduct Cleanup, War Memorial Field, 285 Nepperhan Ave.

10 a.m.to 1 p.m. – Great Saw Mill River Cleanup, The Daylighting Park–Van der Donck Park

Wednesday, April 22:

7:30 a.m.: Blessing of the River at 35 Alexander St.

10:30 a.m.: Earth Day Kickoff with Mayor Mike Spano

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Vacant Lot Beautification at 41 Palisades Ave.

Noon: Historic walking tour starting at Philipse Manor Hall, 29 Warburton Ave.

2-6 p.m.: The Sloop Clearwater deck tours and free concert, 71 Water Grant St.

3-5 p.m.: Yonkers Science Barge Showcase, 99 Dock St.

3-5 p.m.: Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak Showcase, 35 Alexander St.

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Tree and flower planting at 81 Main St.

3:30 p.m.: Environmental walking tour starting at the Yonkers Riverfront Library

8-10 p.m.: Westchester Comedy Festival at Yonkers Brewing Company, 92 Main St. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Groundwork Hudson Valley

Saturday, April 25:

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Hudson River Cleanup Day & Barbeque at the Charter School of Educational Excellence at 260 Warburton Ave.

7 p.m.: The Clearwater Presents Earth Grooves. Music and dance at 1 Hudson Street. Price is $35 (kids free)

The Downtown/Waterfront Business Improvement District, Inc. of Yonkers was formed in 2002 to build working partnerships, encourage investment and support initiatives for a healthier commercial district in the Yonkers downtown area.

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