The 24th Annual at Tobay Beach drew more than 1,200 volunteers Saturday to the windswept Atlantic oceanfront. Those volunteers, fortified with hot chocolate and clam chowder, planted some 230,000 stalks of beach grass on the dunes of Tobay Beach.
By all measure, this volunteer effort has grown into a major volunteer event that brings all sides of the community together in a common cause. Democrats and Republicans alike were welcome; partisan politics gave way to a line of consensus in the sand.
What would that be like if Saturday's effort were multipled and duplicated?
Surely other town parks and community assets are in need of a little help and could muster large numbers of volunteers? In addition to Tobay, the town operates seven other beaches, many on Oyster Bay itself and Long Island Sound. It maintains several major community parks, such as Allen Park in Farmingdale and the community parks in and There are also 150 small corner parks known as "parklets," many of which have baseball diamonds and basketball courts, under the the town's control.
Similar volunteer efforts all around the town could make a difference in the quality of life in Oyster Bay.
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