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Manhattan's High Line Park Officially Kicks Winter to the Curb

by Stephanie Colombini
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Manhattan's High Line Park Officially Kicks Winter to the Curb

Stephanie Colombini, WFUV

Volunteers with the Spring Cutback Program trimmed the last few feet of excess plants today to get the park ready for the new season.

It doesn't feel like Spring just yet.  But that didn't stop dozens of volunteers at the High Line in Chelsea from welcoming the new season with a few final clips of grass and weeds. 

They're also celebrating the end of the Spring Cutback program, for which they spent the past month using nothing but hand tools to trim away excess plants that have grown in the park during this grueling winter. 

Andre Becker's from Greenwich Village.  He's got a love for gardening, but he says he volunteers because he can't wait to watch the park come alive.

"Every week it's something different, another flower - and the visitors are great.  When you're volunteering here, you hear people from all over the world.  They just come up and say, 'Thank you, thank you!'  They just love it.  It's a great place to be; it's just fun!" he said.

The program's accumulated about 6,000 cubic feet of plant clippings.  They'll be turned into compost and recycled back into the environment.  

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