In addition to debris removal, landscaping and improving accessibility to the Plank Road site in Maspeth, part of our ongoing work also includes public tours to the site for people to learn about and see, firsthand, the pressing issues that surround Newtown Creek. We call them ‘surf+turf’ tours – with one group traveling via foot, and one via boats across different routes. The walking tour will converge with the canoe tour as a celebratory joining of forces in appreciating the border of water and land and importance of historic and rejuvenated public spaces like Plank Road. The next tour will be May 31st. These tours are being offered for free and ticketing will be available on a first come first serve basis via Eventbrite. Please read the full descriptions (below) of each tour to confirm that you are able to participate as required.
Turf Tour (25 spots available)
The walking tour, led by Newtown Creek Historian Mitch Waxman and Mai Armstrong, will reveal the rich history of the area as they cross from East Williamsburg in Brooklyn into Maspeth in Queens. Be prepared for rough terrain and possible heavy truck traffic. Dress and pack appropriately for hiking and weather. Closed-toe shoes are highly recommended. Bathroom opportunities will be found only near the start of the walk. Reserve a spot here.
Surf Tour (10 spots available)
The canoe tour will be led by the North Brooklyn Boat Club and depart from their dock in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Trained canoe guides will lead the group up the creek to the Plank Road site and give a thorough safety overview beforehand to limit the risk of exposure to surface waters. All participants must sign a waiver of liability, wear a lifejacket and follow other safety protocols of the NBBC. All participants should be prepared for physical activity and are encouraged to wear non-cotton clothing that breathes well, such as wool or synthetic fabrics.. The trip leaders reserve the right to cancel the trip depending on weather conditions. All equipment provided by the NBBC. Reserve a spot here.
Photos + Press of Previous Plank Road Work
Newtown Creek Alliance Pushes to Cleanup Plank Road – Queens Ledger
WTF is Plank Road? – Greenpointers.com
Photos from April cleanup days – NCA Facebook Page
Flickr set from OHNY Turf Tour – bethanybeech