The Astoria Park Alliance aims to provide leadership in park stewardship, environmental education, recycling, and cultural diversity. The group holds monthly “Community Voice” meetings, offers volunteer opportunities in the park, and produces Shore Fest and other events.
Green Shores NYC is an all-volunteer non-profit organization working to ensure a greener, cleaner, and more accessible East River waterfront in Queens. Founded in 2005, it sponsors events to beautify and maintain the parks, open spaces and street trees, and organizes free recreational and educational activities for adults and children. In addition to programming, GSNYC actively advocates for a greener, cleane, more connected, accessible and egalitarian waterfront, and strives to be the voice of the community.
The Long Island City Community Boathouse provides western Queens residents, employees, and visitors with educational and recreational paddling programs. Its programs raise awareness about estuary ecology with the goal of restoring the natural beauty and health of New York Harbor for today’s and future generations. LICCB offers free kayaking and canoeing to the community at the beach at Hallets Cove.
Local Community Boards have an important advisory role in dealing with land use and zoning matters. Input from each Community Board also contributes to the dialog about the city budget, municipal service delivery and many other matters relating to their communities’ welfare. Boards meet once each month. At these meetings, members address items of concern to the community.