Every spring since 1970, the Udalls Cove Preservation Committee has sponsored a cleanup of the wetlands, woods and shoreline.
Sadly, our 2020 cleanup was cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. A few intrepid volunteers went out on their own anyway and collected trash from the shoreline of the cove, so we feel justified in saying that we did have a cleanup that year.
For 2021, we plan a "socially distanced" cleanup on Saturday, April 17 -- a few days before Earth Day. We invite you to spend an hour or two that morning to “think globally, act locally.” From 9 AM until Noon we’ll be on the Back Road (Sandhill Road) near Aurora Pond to provide you with heavy duty trash bags, work gloves and maps suggesting locations where your help is most needed. Bring the family along and work as your own “quaranteam” while keeping your distance from other volunteers.
During the first year’s cleanup, over a dozen car wrecks were hauled out, along with literally tons of other refuse. Fortunately, those days are past. In recent years the cleanup crews have been occupied primarily with collecting the large quantities of (mostly plastic) refuse that floats in on the tides.
On April 13, 2019 UCPC held its 50th annual cleanup. Over 100 people participated, and we filled a 30-cubic yard dumpster. We were honored that NYC Queens Borough Parks Commissioner Mike Dockett joined us -- in the group photo above he's standing in the front row, fourth from the left. The photo was taken after the post-cleanup picnic luncheon at Douglaston's Memorial Field.
A few of our intrepid volunteers with the fruits of their labor! Some of our younger volunteers, ready to work.
On this map, X marks the spot where we meet for the
These days, most of the trash we collect is plastic -- vast amounts of it . . . bottles, bags, cups, straws, food containers, toys, and much more. But it wasn't always so. During the first cleanup in 1970 our volunteers were confronted by over a dozen wrecked cars, tires, appliances, mattresses and broken furniture. We were aided by the NYC Sanitation Department with its heavy equipment.
But some things haven't changed -- participation by the younger generation.
This photo is from our 1973 cleanup: