Thursday, August 11, 2011


Prospect Park Clean-up
Tuesday, August 16th, 9:00 a.m.

The Litter Mob will return to Prospect Park on August 16th for Litter Mob 8--the 8th clean-up. Read here about the Litter Mob's adventures at the clean-up on August 2nd.

The Litter Mob meets every other Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. at the corner of East Drive and Center Drive, where they pick up clean-up equipment. To volunteer, send an e-mail to littermob [at] so they'll be sure to have clean-up equipment ready for you.

Created in March 2011, the Prospect Park Litter Mob is a small group of volunteers that meets every two weeks to clean up the woods on the eastern edge of Prospect Park, known as the Midwood. This area is the last forest in Brooklyn, where some of the trees predate the creation of the park.

This is a special place. It should be treated with the respect it deserves, both by the authorities who have allowed it to fall into ruin, and by the people who use the woods for sex, without giving a thought to the environment their litter and behaviour degrades.

While we are making progress, I do not see volunteering as a solution to this complex problem:

The city is at fault. It has given up on our parks.

Our tax dollars should be funding the basic clean up of our public spaces. The city should allocate more funds to the stewards of our parks, instead of cutting back. And that money should be better and more effectively spent.