The goats are coming back, and they’ll once again be interning on the hills of Riverside Park between 119th and 122nd streets. However, they’ll be making an appearance at another Upper West Side location first.
On Friday, July 7 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Riverside Park Conservancy is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Compost Compound on West 95th Street adjacent to the West Side Highway, and four goats – Cowgirl, Chico, Charlie, and Mallomar – will be the guests of honor.
“The festival will feature local vendor booths, live music, goat-themed merchandise, photo opportunities, arts and crafts, and educational activities for all ages,” according to the Conservancy.
This will be the fourth summer in which goats are shipped to the city to eat away at the invasive plants of Riverside Park – part of the Conservancy’s five-year plan to clear them out and replace them with native, ecologically desirable species.
“We are so excited for the return of the goats this summer,” said Merritt Birnbaum, President and CEO of Riverside Park Conservancy. “They’re not only adorable weed-eaters, they’re also representatives of the sustainable practices the Conservancy embraces in all aspects of our work, from composting plant material, to creating new habitats for pollinators, to facilitating environmental education opportunities through our public programming.”
To RSVP to the July 7 event, click here.