BY JOE MARVILLI
Macy’s and the National Recreation and Park Association are asking Queens residents to “heart” their park.
The department chain has partnered with the NRPA for a national program where nearly 700 Macy’s stores will support a selected community park with donations. Until March 31, the store will match any donations made by a customer up to $250,000. The Macy’s locations in Flushing and the Queens Center Mall selected Queens Botanical Gardens. Cunningham Park was picked by the store in Douglaston.
Farah Chandu, the communications associate for QBG, said she was thrilled that the Flushing green space was selected by not one, but two Macy’s for the program.
“We think green spaces are an important resource for the local community and we are delighted that Macy’s thinks so too and wants to support us in our mission,” she said. “We have always supported our local store as well. They are an important part of the local Flushing BID, and we have participated in their programs.”
Since the QBG will not know how much money it will receive until the program concludes, Chandu said she thinks the donations would go towards General Operating Services, mainly maintenance and upkeep of the existing facility.
To donate to Queens Botanical Garden, visit the Macy’s at 136-50 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing or 90-01 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. To donate to Cunningham Park, go to the Macy’s at 242-02 61st Ave., Douglaston.
Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Joey788.