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High Line Park Completes Spring Cutback Project

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Friends of the High Line are welcoming spring with the completion of their plant cutback project.

Volunteers began trimming back plants at each end of the park weeks ago.

On Wednesday, they met in the middle to cut the final plants so the spring growing season can begin.

Friends of the High Line Executive Director Jenny Gersten praised volunteers for their work during the massive undertaking, but some who live in the neighborhood say volunteering at the park they treasure hardly feels like work.

"Spring cutback is our most significant horticultural event of the year. Each March hundreds of staff and volunteers from all across the city spend four weeks trimming back the stems, seed heads, and grasses that added such beauty to the High Line through the long winter months," Gersten said.

"When it actually opened, and there were opportunities to help out a little bit that was an obvious thing for me to do," said Friends of the High Line Volunteer Anne Heaney.

Nearly 6,000 cubic feet of plant clippings will be taken to Staten Island where they will be composted.

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