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Events for April 2012

April 01, 2012 (10AM - 1PM)
Greenway Team Bike Ride
Concrete Plant Park (Westchester Ave between Whitlock Ave and Bronx River Ave)

Sunday, April 1st
10AM - 1PM
Meet at northern entrace of Concrete Plant Park (Westchester Ave between Whitlock Ave and Bronx River Ave)

The Bronx River Greenway Team will ride the greenway from Starlight Park to Concrete Plant Park to assess conditions for cyclists and pedestrians and then venture to Hunts Point Riverside Park and Soundview Park. The ride is a working ride and is not opened to those who are novice riders. No sag wagon will be provided.

The event is free, although we do ask that you RSVP to info@bronxriver.org.
Click here for flyer and click here for a map.

For more information and to RSVP contact Devona Sharpe devona.sharpe@parks.nyc.gov, Mel Rodriguez bikethebronx@gmail.com or Julien Terrell jterrell@ympj.org.



April 07, 2012 (10AM-11AM)
Cycling Volunteer Clinic with Bike New York
Van Cortlandt Park playground (southwest corner of park)

Saturday, April 7th
10AM to 11AM
Van Cortlandt Park playground (southwest corner of park)

Invest in the future of cycling in the Bronx! Join Bike New York for their first Bike Training Course in the Bronx. The course will leave participants with the tools needed to teach basic cycling safety, guide Learn-to-Ride clinics, and provide connections to Bronx community groups that are involved with cycling activities. Get outside and have fun learning how to empower others.

Register for the clinic by clicking here and for general inquiries email Francesca at fhays@bikenewyork.org or call 212-870-2094

Click here for the flyer.


April 08, 2012 (11 am - 1 pm)
Walking Tour - African American History Along the Bronx River
Meet in front of Teacher's Paradise store, 1057 East Tremont Avenue

ALL NEW WALKING TOUR. CENTRAL BRONX THIS TIME!
Sunday, April 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. &  Sunday, April 15 11am to 1pm.
Meet in front of Teacher's Paradise store, 1057 East Tremont Avenue near the intersection with Boston Road (beneath the tracks of the 2 and 5 train lines at West Farms Square). This all new walking tour will explore the West Farms, Crotona Park East and Bronx River neighborhoods!

Transportation:
Bus: BX9, 21, 36, 40, 42, & Q44 to E. Tremont Ave & West Farms Road
Train: #2 and #5 to East Tremont and West Farms
Car: Sheridan or Bronx River to E.177; I-95 to Exit 4B (Rosedale Avenue)

The tour is celebrating ecological and social African American history in communities and institutions based near the Bronx River including scientists, educators, social entrepreneurs, recreation enthusiasts, writers, green activists and other leading citizens.

A complete list of related programs is posted at "Bronx River Sankofa" on Facebook! Video from the 2011 Bronx River Sankofa walk is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMMoja-havg.



April 12, 2012 (9:30)
Early Childhood Outoor Education with PLT
Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State West Farms Center 1880 Bryant Road Bronx

Early Childhood Teacher Training in Environmental Curriculum
Save the Date: April 12th 9:30 to 1:30
Come for Professional Development in Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood Ages 3-6  Fee: There is a $5 fee which covers refreshments for the day Where: Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State West Farms Center 1880 Bryant Road Bronx, New York 10460 (a short walk from the West Farms/East Tremont 2/5 train station)
Please RSVP to: Damian Griffin damian.griffin@parks.nyc.gov 718 430 4614
Hosted by:
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, PLT, Friends of Van Cortland Park and the Bronx River Alliance
Space graciously provided by the Cerebral Palsy Association of New York State

April 14, 2012 (10am)
Bronx River Ramble: Bronx to Bronxville
Muskrat Cove (4220 Webster Ave, Bronx, NY)

Mark your calendar for another Bronx River Ramble! This ramble will explore the historical and ecologically areas between the Bronx and Bronxville. The tour is free and no researvations are required.

The beautifully restored Muskrat Cove still ends at a “bridge to nowhere”, a sad reminder of the unfulfilled promise of the Bronx River Pathway. On this special Bronx River Ramble we’ll seek out and explore some disconnected links of the Bronx River Pathway, and ponder how they may eventually be joined together.


The tour is free, needs no reservations, and meets at 10AM Saturday, 14 April in front of the monument at the entrance to Muskrat Cove, 233rd Street and Webster Avenue, next to the Metro North Woodlawn station. This will be a longer walk than usual, about 3 ½ miles, and should take about three hours, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring snacks and water. Ramblers will have the option of returning home by Metro North either from the Mount Vernon West Station or the Fleetwood Station (fare to the Bronx $2.75.)

Click here for flyer.

Tour details:
Starting at Muskrat Cove, we’ll head up the original route of the Bronx River Parkway along Bronx River Road into Westchester County. Along the way we’ll get a birds-eye view of the huge Wakefield Junction of the New York Central Railroad, and see how the railroad altered the course of the Bronx River, and where tracks run today atop the original river bed. At Mount Vernon we’ll explore the isolated and little-visited Oak Street Loop, and amidst old-growth trees we’ll examine how the river has changed its own course over time, and where it’s been buried by highway construction. From there we’ll proceed up Bronx River Road to Fleetwood, seeing how Parkway development compromised the pathway. Along the way we’ll hear tales of herbalists, transplanted houses, exploding powder mills, Revolutionary War mayhem, a frustrated patroon, and an apartment building that pays a curious tribute to the Bronx River, plus a wayside cemetery that tells its own tale of the valley’s social history.





April 14, 2012 (2PM - 6PM)
Groundworks Science Barge - Season Opening Event
9 Dock Street, Yonkers, NY

The Science Barge Season Opening – Saturday, April 14, 2012, 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

You are invited to the season opening of The Science Barge, an environmental educational center and sustainable urban farm powered by solar, wind, and biofuel and irrigated by rainwater and purified river water. The Barge contains a hydroponic greenhouse which grows an abundance of fresh produce. The Barge is located on the Yonkers waterfront at 99 Dock Street just steps away from the Yonkers Metro North Train Station. Free tours of the Barge will begin at 2 pm and will be held every hour on the hour. Free food, entertainment, giveaways, children’s activities and family fun! Rain or Shine.

For information contact Groundwork Hudson Valley at 914-375-2151.


April 15, 2012 (11AM - 1PM)
Walking Tour - African American History Along the Bronx River
Meet in front of Teacher's Paradise store, 1057 East Tremont Avenue


ALL NEW WALKING TOUR. CENTRAL BRONX THIS TIME!
Sunday, April 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. &  Sunday, April 15 11am to 1pm.
Meet in front of Teacher's Paradise store, 1057 East Tremont Avenue near the intersection with Boston Road (beneath the tracks of the 2 and 5 train lines at West Farms Square). This all new walking tour will explore the West Farms, Crotona Park East and Bronx River neighborhoods!

Transportation:
Bus: BX9, 21, 36, 40, 42, & Q44 to E. Tremont Ave & West Farms Road
Train: #2 and #5 to East Tremont and West Farms
Car: Sheridan or Bronx River to E.177; I-95 to Exit 4B (Rosedale Avenue)

The tour is celebrating ecological and social African American history in communities and institutions based near the Bronx River including scientists, educators, social entrepreneurs, recreation enthusiasts, writers, green activists and other leading citizens.

A complete list of related programs is posted at "Bronx River Sankofa" on Facebook! Video from the 2011 Bronx River Sankofa walk is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMMoja-havg.



April 20, 2012 (11AM)
South Bronx Randalls Island - Ribbon Cutting
Hell Gate Pathway near Sunken Meadow Fields

Please join NYC Parks for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the new Hell Gate Pathway at Randall’s Island Park!
The ceremony will begin at 11 AM at Hell Gate Pathway near the Sunken Meadow Fields. Refreshments served. R.S.V.P. to Anne Wilson anne.wilson@parks.nyc.gov.

The ceremony is a free public event and all are welcome! 

Hosted by
Randall’s Island Park Alliance (formerly Randall’s Island Sports Foundation)
NYC Parks Department
NYC Economic Development Corporation

The Hell Gate Pathway runs under the sand-colored arches of the Hell Gate Bridge and railroad trestle, and once fully completed will connect the Hell Gate rapids to the south of Randall’s Island Park with the Bronx Kill to its north. It is a key part of an Island-wide pathway system, opening over a mile of dedicated bicycle and pedestrian access along a combination of renovated pathways and more recently reclaimed parkland and linking points adjacent to all three surrounding boroughs of Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx. The light and shadows created by the arcade and the warm sand color of the bridge piers create an unusual and spectacular visual experience. The section we are opening in April is especially critical in creating access to more than 30 new baseball, softball and soccer fields at the Park’s northeastern quadrant, and in connecting directly to the first at-grade access from the South Bronx, slated for construction by NYCEDC in 2013.

Design of the Pathway was funded through a federal DOT Transportation Enhancements Program (TEP) grant with a local match from the Manhattan Borough President. Construction was made possible by Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) grants from the New York State Department of State and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation alongside funding from the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York. Amtrak, which runs Northeast Corridor service along the Hell Gate trestle, partnered with RISF and DPR by contributing over $15 million toward securing the bridge to ensure safe passage under its arches.



April 21, 2012 (10AM - 1PM)
Earth Day on the Bronx River
Shoelace Park - 217th Street at Bronx Blvd

Celebrate Earth Day early on the Bronx River! Participants will plant native plants and shrubs along the waterfront to green the park and protect the Bronx River.  Thanks to Million Trees NYC for providing the trees!

Meet at the 211th St entrance to Shoelace Park at 10am.

Register at info@bronxriver.org.


April 22, 2012 (10AM)
Tour Woodlawn on Your Bicycle
Woodlawn Cemetery - Jerome Ave entrance

POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN - NEW DATE JUNE, 24th 2012

Join the Friends of Woodlawn Cemetery for a tour of the Woodlawn Cemetery. Take a riding tour through the grounds stopping along the way to learn about the rich and varied resources of the major cultural institution.

Meet at the Jerome Ave entrance. $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, students, and Friends members.

For directions, information, or to make a reservtion, contact the Friends of Woodlawn at (718) 920-1470 or visit their website at www.thewoodlawncemetery.org.

April 29, 2012 (7AM)
The Birds of Woodlawn
Woodlawn Cemetery - Jerome Ave entrance

Join the Friends of Woodlawn Cemetery for a morning birding walk on the bucolic wooded grounds of Woodlawn with two expert birding guides: NYC Audubon's Peter Joost and Freidns of Woodlawn Joseph McManus. Attendees will learn about the birds of Woodlawn and look for early spring migrants and yearround residents on the grounds -- which are home to one of the largest collection of trees in any urban setting in the U.S.

Meet at the Jermone Ave entrance. $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, students, and Friend members.

For directions, information, or to make a reservation, contact the Friends of Woodlawn at (718) 920-1470 or visit their website at www.thewoodlawncemetery.org.