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Volunteers Help Spruce Up Hudson River Park

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Earth Day is Tuesday, and some volunteers got a head start on celebrations Saturday by making Hudson River Park greener and grassier. NY1's Bree Driscoll filed the following report.

Amosh Neupane spent his Saturday morning digging and planting at Hudson River Park. The high school senior moved from Nepal to Queens a year and a half ago and now has stared an environmental club at William Cullen Bryant High School.

"We get to come and restore our parks, plant trees and clean up our public parks and spaces, which is really important," Neupane said.

He was one of hundreds of mostly student volunteers who spent the day digging, raking and planting. Planting more than 2,000 seedlings, to be exact.

"It's the concrete jungle we live in, so it's kind of a breather to see fresh plants and fresh flowers outside," said volunteer Aurelia Casey.

"This event, it makes me feel good," said volunteer Imran Kahn. "It makes me feel that, 'Oh, we are going to do something awesome.' I don't know. I feel good."

Hudson River Park is the longest waterfront park in the country. It is four miles long and about 150 acres of landscaped property, home to one of the busiest bike trails in the country.

"You have 13 newly constructed public piers," said Nicolette Witcher of the Hudson River Park Trust. "There's so much going on here. There's playgrounds. There's water parks. There's free concerts all summer long, free programs."

The hard work of these volunteers did not go unnoticed by thousands of walkers, runners and bikers who use this park everyday.

"It makes the park look nice, and makes it kind of more scenic to run through," said one.

"I use it pretty much every weekend when it's nice outside, so it's nice to have a nice place where it's cleaned up," said another.

After this harsh winter, that's not an easy task, but it's a welcome one.

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