The Big Dig

Here’s just some of the press for The Big Dig:

The Jersey City Parks Coalition is turning the Oct. 25 national Make a Difference Day into Do-It-Yourself Day.

The organization that works to beautify the city one flower at a time has gone out out annually since 2011 for the BIG DIG project and has planted 136,000 daffodils and tulips in parks, public housing and open spaces throughout the city.

But “this year is different,” said Laura Skolar, president of the Coalition. 

“We are asking our volunteers of previous years and any resident of Jersey City to plant either 25 or 50 daffodils on their own property that the Coalition will provide free of charge,” Skolar said. 

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Senior citizen and public housing complexes in Jersey City are getting a makeover today as more than 700 volunteers participate in the Jersey City Park Coalition’s Big Dig 2013, an annual effort to beautify the city.

The Big Dig is done in partnership with Jersey City, with help from sponsors like Spectra Energy, CarePoint Health, Liberty Science Center and ADR Bulbs.

The volunteers will clean up and plant 65,000 daffodils and tulip bulbs in 10 public housing complexes as part of National Make A Difference Day.

Now in its third year [*article written in 2013], after today the Big Dig will have planted 132,000 spring blooming bulbs in over 200 locations with the help of a total of 2,600 volunteers.

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For the past three years, Jersey City has demonstrated this civic pride by participating in Make A Difference Day, the annual volunteer effort sponsored by USA Weekend Magazine and supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering and service.

Youth volunteers help plant tulip and daffodil bulbs on Make A Difference Day 2011 as part of Jersey City’s ‘The Big Dig’ project.

For Make a Difference Day 2011, The Jersey City Parks Coalition, conceptualized a citywide planting project named the ‘BIG DIG’.  Volunteers would plant hearty tulip and daffodil bulbs in parks and patches of grass throughout the city.  Come spring, the fruits of our mutual labor would be reaped.

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