Here’s news from Marine Education Center:
A new Marine Education Center at Harbor Island Park had its grand opening at the 5th Annual Clean Up/Green Up Day on Sat, April 27. The new Marine Center, which will be permanently housed at the East River Basin of Mamaroneck Harbor in Harbor Island Park, was created by a small group of long time village residents to promote knowledge, conservation and stewardship of the local Long Island Sound ecosystem through educational programs, outreach and special events.
The center will house fish tanks with marine animals collected from Mamaroneck Harbor, teaching displays incorporating local shells and horseshoe crabs, and a photography exhibit entitled “The Water Birds of Mamaroneck Harbor”. There will also be a Committee for the Environment (CFTE) display, through which village residents will learn about the Citizens Water Quality Alert Program, and will find out how to report water pollution in Village waterways.
“It’s tremendously satisfying to see the idea for a small Marine Education Center in our waterfront public park finally become a reality,” said Katherine Desmond, a longtime resident of Mamaroneck who spearheaded the creation of the new center together with her husband, Jim and other committed volunteers. “We believe that the Marine Education Center will connect our families, friends, and neighbors to the living treasures right in our own Harbor and Long Island Sound. The projects and exhibits offered by The Marine Center will inspire more people appreciate, protect, and enjoy our ViIlage’s marine resources. A very special thanks goes to Mayor Norman Rosenblum, without whose support this Center would never have come into being.”
Clean Up Green Up Day festivities included a tree planting ceremony, followed by refreshments for all volunteers, donated by local merchants. Clean up bags, gloves and tools were provided for all volunteers.
After the clean-up, volunteers and other members of the public were able to board the SoundWaters Schooner, which was docked just below the new Marine Education Center at Harbor Island. Soundwaters, also known as The Teaching Vessel of Long Island Sound, is a historic replica of a 17th century ship, and provides a hands-on, science-infused learning experience on board. Participants can help to raise the sails, haul in a trawl net and examine the ecology of Long Island Sound. They could also test the Sound’s water quality along their town’s coastline, demonstrate mechanical advantage and touch and investigate the structures of live animals, among other activities.
Various Village committees and organizations sponsored Clean Up/Green Up Day, including the Committee for the environment, the Board of Trustees, the Tree Committee, the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Flood Mitigation Advisory Committee and the Harbor Island Park Conservancy. The Marine Educational Center also received $500 of support from Mamaroneck Mayor Norman Rosenblum.
Local merchants who supported Clean Up/Green Up Day include: Aqua Vision Scuba, Artuso’s Patries, Boiano’s Bakery, Brewer’s Hardware, Chocolations, Dunkin Donuts, Mangone’s Nursery, McDonald’s, Murphy Brothers Contracting, Stop and Shop and Trader Joe’s.