SYRACUSE, N.Y., May 9, 2014 – In honor of Earth Day, approximately 100 National Grid employees rolled up their sleeves Friday to help beautify Ryder Park at DeWitt Town Hall, DeWitt. With equipment in hand, employees were out over the 12-acre park to clean up debris, prune vegetation, plant trees and flowers, mulch, spread grass seed, and help restore a stone dust bicycle and exercise trail.
“We are proud to take part in sprucing up Ryder Park in recognition of Earth Day 2014,” said Melanie Littlejohn, National Grid regional executive of Central New York. “National Grid is a longtime supporter of Onondaga County. Each year we are committed to making a positive and lasting contribution to the communities we serve and to help create a better environment for those right here in our own backyard.”
Ryder Park is a 12-acre park located adjacent to the DeWitt Town Hall on Butternut Drive. The park features the James L. Guyette Arboretum, butterfly garden, bicycle and exercise trail, canoe launch into Butternut Creek, fishing pond, picnic areas, grills, playground, tot swings, picnic shelter and a pavilion with restrooms.
“Parks are an important part of our community because they provide families with low-cost, healthy recreational opportunities, revitalize neighborhoods, and improve the overall quality of life,” said New York State Senator John A. DeFrancisco. “I am pleased to participate in this Earth Day event, and I applaud the National Grid volunteers who have committed their time to restoring Ryder Park.”
Earth Day 2014 also marks National Grid’s 15th consecutive Tree Line USA Award from the Arbor Day Foundation for the company’s efforts to achieve safe, reliable electric service, and abundant, healthy trees across its service area.
“This is exactly the kind of collaborative effort that makes Central New York a great place to live and work,” said New York State Assemblymember Sam Roberts. “I am grateful to National Grid and its employees for their willingness to be involved in projects in our area, and to the Town of DeWitt for working with the company to ensure Ryder Park remains a wonderful asset for the community.”
In addition to National Grid’s improvement project at Ryder Park, employee volunteers were out enmasse at other sites in Onondaga County. At Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park in Syracuse volunteers cleared a perimeter fence and planted trees, and brightened up with new flower blubs the sensory garden at ARC of Onondaga County, a project National Grid has supported since 2007.
“We are proud of the work National Grid and its volunteers have done to improve our parks and our community,” said Samuel Gordon, director, Planning & Zoning, Town of DeWitt. “Each of us has a responsibility to take care of the environment and to provide our children with a safe place to enjoy the outdoors. It takes neighbors working together to improve the quality of life we all enjoy. We thank National Grid for being a good neighbor.”
Fifteen company-sponsored Earth Day projects and events are taking place across New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island throughout May. More than 600 National Grid employee volunteers are helping with projects ranging from school clean-up, work on neighborhood farms, tree planting, park clean-up, and walking trail maintenance.
“Thank you National Grid for helping the DeWitt Town to enhance the beauty and enrich the quality of life for residents and visitors of one of the area’s premier parks,” said Mike Moracco, manager, Town of DeWitt.
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