The project to turn the Woodhaven Cemetery into a beautiful green spot in the middle of Woodhaven kicks off Phase 2 this Saturday from 9 AM to 12 PM, behind All Saints Church (96th Street and 86th Avenue). The weather is beautiful - a great day to get out and get some exercise and we do some light spring cleaning.
Phase 2 of the project is bound to be different as we are now at the point where much of the work can be handled by a lawn mower - and we are going to outsource much of that work, leaving the group with the task of designing and laying out a beautiful green spot. The following is a crude rendering of what it could end up looking like once we create some paths and lay down and plant some flower beds:
Over the past 2 years, volunteers from around Woodhaven took on the project of cleaning up the Wyckoff-Snedicker Cemetery behind All Saints Church on 96th Street. The cemetery goes back to the early 1700s, maybe earlier -- and contains members of the founding families of Woodhaven -- the Lotts, the Wyckoffs, the Snedickers, the Elderts, and more. The last burial was around the turn of the century and the cemetery has been the victim of neglect on and off over the past century.
The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society, partnered up with the students of St. Thomas the Apostle's Woodhaven History Club and we were joined by volunteers from around the community and other organizations such as Boy Scout Troop 139 of Howard Beach. Together we began slowly turning an eyesore into an eye opener. Here is a video of the progress we've made so far - look at the happy faces on our team - come out and be a part of that!
Think of it like a monthly exercise event - where you get to hang out with your neighbors in the sunshine - in one of the most historical places in Woodhaven. Come out and be a part of a special project that is turning something that's been hidden away into something all residents of Woodhaven will be proud of.