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Dolan tirelessly advocated for parks

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On behalf of the city Parks Department family, we were saddened to hear of the untimely death of our friend, Pat Dolan.

Pat embodied what it meant to be a dedicated citizen activist. While a friend to many parks in Queens, she devoted considerable energies to Flushing Meadows Corona Park and was the president of the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy.

Among her achievements were advocating for Urban Park Ranger programs at Meadow and Willow lakes, installing bird blinds at both lakes and working toward the shoreline restoration of Meadow Lake and a future installation of an osprey pole and nest at Willow Lake.

Pat was also instrumental in providing crucial letters of support that bolstered our grant applications and was a tireless advocate for the funding of essential maintenance equipment.

But her efforts did not end in Queens’ largest park. She was a leader in neighborhood greening efforts, including the creation of a Greenstreet at 73rd Avenue between 141st and Main streets.

On a personal level, Pat was a caring and spirited woman who inspired others to get involved for the betterment of their communities. We will miss her energy and presence.

Adrian Benepe

Commissioner

City Parks Department

Manhattan

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