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PR- 002-08
January 3, 2008


Christmas Tree Recycling to Take Place in All Five Boroughs

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Department of Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe today announced the 12th annual MulchFest, a citywide event where New Yorkers can recycle their Christmas trees by converting them into wood chips. This year, Parks & Recreation designated 85 recycling sites to accept trees throughout the five boroughs on Saturday, January 5th and Sunday, January 6th, between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM At many of the tree drop-off locations, chippers will be on hand and residents will be able to take home mulch for their own gardens and plants. The Department of Sanitation  will also be making curbside tree collections and transporting them to recycling sites from Thursday, January 3, through Wednesday, January 16. Today's announcement was made at Rockefeller Center, one of this year's 85 MulchFest sites, where branches from the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree were chipped into mulch.

"MulchFest is another way New Yorkers can help make the city a greener and greater place. This event is a great partnership between City residents and City government and a fitting conclusion to a holiday season that has been greener than ever," said Mayor Bloomberg. "By recycling the trees we can't plant, we are helping the Million Trees NYC initiative by providing mulch to keep newly planted trees, parks and green spaces healthy and beautiful."

"This will be the 12th year in a row that New Yorkers have helped the city stay green by bringing thousands of trees for chipping at Parks' annual MulchFest," said Commissioner Benepe. "By recycling their Christmas trees, New Yorkers support the environment by giving the City's plants natural nourishment from wood chips that help trees, flowers and shrubs grow."

Last year, nearly 160,000 Christmas trees were collected and recycled by the City - 12,000 through MulchFest. The mulch from last year's trees was used throughout the year to nurture the City's greenspaces. New Yorkers are also encouraged to take neighbors' trees to designated sites, to team-up with others to collect and recycle as many trees as possible, and to bring along bags for the wood chips available at specified sites. All lights, ornaments, and decorations must be removed from the trees before drop-off. Trees should not be placed in plastic bags.

Woodchip mulch moderates soil temperatures, helps retain soil moisture and deters weed growth while slowly adding nutrients to the soil. The mulch may be used to line street tree pits and flowerbeds in parks. Woodchips may also be used in homes and gardens to enrich soil and control weeds. Below is the list of this year's designated MulchFest sites. Chipper sites are noted with an asterisk (*). For more information, please visit or call 311.


*Brook Park

  Brook Avenue at 141st Street
*River Park   Boston Road & E. 180th Street
*Bissell Gardens   Baychester Avenue at E. 241st Street
*Van Cortlandt Park   Van Cortlandt Golf Course: Bailey Avenue and VC Park South
Van Cortlandt Park   Indian Fields at E. 233nd Street ballfields
St. Mary’s Park   Office at St. Ann’s Ave. & W. 149th Street
Willis Playground   W. 140th Street between Willis & Alexander Avenue
Rainey Park   Park House: Dawson Street & Longwood Avenu
Grant Park   Grant Avenue & E. 170th Street
Morris Avenue & E. 170th Street
Crotona Park   Tennis House
Behagen Playground   E. 166th Street & Union Avenue
Youth Village Playground   Boston Road & Jackson Avenue
Claremont Park   Mount Eden Parkway & Morris Avenue
Nelson Playground   W. 166th Street & Nelson Avenue
Aqueduct Lands   W. 181st Street & University Avenue
Echo Park   Tremont Avenue & Valentine Street
Morris Garden   W. 181st Street & Morris Avenue
Tremont Park   E. Tremont & Arthur Avenue
Belmont Park   E. 181st Street & Belmont Avenue
St. James Park   E. 192nd Street & Jerome Avenue
Kossuth Playground   Mosholu Parkway North & Kossuth Avenue
Williamsbridge Oval Park   E. Bainbridge & Reservoir Oval: Bainbridge and Van Cortlandt Ave.
Fort Independence Plgd.   Reservoir & Webb Avenue
Watson Gleason Plgd.   Gleason & Rosedale Avenue
PO Serrano Playground   Lafayette & Olmsted Avenue
City Island Park   City Island Avenue & Hawkins Street
Mazzei Playground   Williamsbridge Road & Mace Avenue
Haffen Park   Hamersley & Wickham Avenues
Pelham Bay Park   Parking Lot: Middletown Road & Stadium Avenue


*McCarren Park   Driggs Avenue & Lorimer Street
*Von King Park   Lafayette Street & Tompkins Avenue
*Fort Greene Park   Washington Park & Willoughby Street
*Cobble Hill Park   Verandah Place & Clinton Street
*Prospect Park   3rd Street at Prospect Park West
*Park Circle   Parkside Avenue & Prospect Park Southwest
*Owl’s Head Park   Colonial Road & 68th Street
*Marine Park   Avenue U & 33rd Street
McGolrick Park   Monitor Street & Driggs Avenue
Maria Hernandez Park   Knickerbocker Avenue & Suydam Street
Dr. MLK, Jr. Park   Dumont Avenue & Bradford Street
Amazing Garden   Carroll Street & Columbia Street
Coffey Park   Dwight Street & Verona Street
Sunset Park   44th Street & 6th Avenue
Bensonhurst Park   Bay 30th Street & Cropsey Avenue
Paerdegat Park   40th Street & Foster Avenue
Green-Wood Cemetery   25th Street & 5th Avenue
Lincoln Terrace Park   Buffalo Avenue b/w East New York Avenue and Eastern Parkway
Shore Road Park   79th Street & Shore Road


*Rockefeller Plaza   50th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
*Tompkins Square Park   E. 9th Street between Avenues A & B
*Washington Square Park   Fifth Avenue & Washington Square North
*Carl Schurz Park   E. 86th Street & East End Avenue
*Central Park   W. 63rd Street & Central Park West
*Central Park   W. 81st Street & West Drive inside the bridle path
*Central Park   E. 106th Street & Fifth Avenue
Marcus Garvey Park   W. 122nd Street & Madison Avenue
Morningside Park   W. 123rd Street & Morningside Avenue
Inwood Hill Park   Isham Street & Seaman Avenue
Thomas Jefferson Park   E. 114th Street & First Avenue
Jackie Robinson Park   W. 145th Street & Edgecombe Street
Highbridge Park   W. 173rd Street & Amsterdam Avenue
Bennett Park   W. 185th Street & Fort Washington Avenue
*Riverside Park   W. 81st Street & Riverside Drive
Riverside Park   W. 79th Street & Riverside Drive
Riverside Park   W. 97th Street & Riverside Drive
Riverside Park   W. 106th Street & Riverside Drive
Riverside Park   W. 116th Street & Riverside Drive
Riverside Park   W. 138th Street & Riverside Drive
Riverside Park   W. 145th Street & Riverside Drive


*Cunningham Park   Parking Lot #2: Union Turnpike & Francis Lewis Boulevard
*Juniper Valley Park   Asphalt Ballfield: 80th Street between N. Juniper & S. Juniper Blvds.
*Forest Park Bandshell   Forest Park Drive, west of Woodhaven Boulevard
*Tenney Park   74th Avenue & 260th Street
*Astoria Park   19th Street & Hoyt Avenue
*Kissena Park
(Chipping on Sunday only)
  Velodrome Parking Lot: Booth Memorial Ave. b/w Kissena & Parsons Blvd
*Travers Park   78th Street south of Northern Blvd
Rockaway Beach   Shore Front Parkway & Beach 94th Street

*Clove Lakes Park   Cheshire Place & Clove Road
*Midland Beach   Parking Lot: Father Cappodano & Graham Blvd.
*Conference House   Parking Lot: Hylan Boulevard & Satterlee Street
*Greenbelt Rec. Center   501 Brielle Avenue
Willowbrook Park   Richmond Avenue & Eton Place
Father Macris Triangle   Fahy Avenue & Lambert's Lane
Wolfe's Pond Park   Cornelia Avenue & Hylan Boulevard


Stu Loeser / Jason Post   (212) 788-2958

Jama Adams   (Parks & Recreation)
(212) 360-1311

Vito Turso   (Department of Sanitation)
(646) 885-5020

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