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New Rochelle To Begin Battle Against Invasive Park Weeds

Invasive weeds have become a problem in New Rochelle parks.
Invasive weeds have become a problem in New Rochelle parks. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - While New Rochelle currently is dealing with yet another winter wonderland mess, city officials are gearing up for a fight against the invasive weeds that plague local parks come spring.

Once the snow is removed and warmer weather returns to Westchester County, members of the New Rochelle Parks and Recreation Department will put together a task force of well-intentioned citizens willing to assist in the removal of the weeds, which can drain the life out of foliage and plants native to the location.

As part of the invasive vine removal initiative, officials are seeking volunteers who can help with the task, with the first effort coming up Sunday, March 22.

The day will begin at noon, with an hour-long training workshop hosted by New Rochelle's Master Gardener and Task Committee Coordinator Bob DelToro about the proper technique and ways to safely and efficiently remove the invasive plants while preserving native species.

The task force will then travel to Ward Acres Park - at the corner of Broadfield and Quaker Ridge Road for a two-hour session removing the vines, led by task force leaders Julie Larkin and Rob Feuer. Those interested in volunteering can contact program staff liaison Dan Spector at dspector@newrochelleny.com.

“Many of our region's parks are overrun with invasive vines. While the vines can have a certain jungle-like charm, they are truly awful for the long-term health and ecology of native species,” New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson said. “This is a great, hands-on way to improve our local parks and environment.”

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