Who cleans up the mess in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park?

The heroes of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens hold garbage bags and wear gray jumpsuits.

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is the largest park in Queens. It is bigger than both Prospect Park and Central Park, and is also one of the largest to allow visitors to barbecue. When the weather is nice, thousands come out to meet with family and friends leaving a big mess for the Parks Department. 

Park Administrator Janice Melncik has gotten the trash clean-up down to a science. Her team of anywhere from 20 to 40 trash collectors works all weekend are up as early as 5 a.m. Mondays to clear the rest up. Still, she says, she'd like to see visitors do a little more. 

"We want people to come out, we want them to enjoy it, but you know we'd like people to maybe treat it with a little more respect and clean up after themselves," Melnick says. 

In return, the Parks Department is doing its part, too. In the coming months, FMCP will have more garbage bins furnishing the lawns along with coal receptacles for the barbecue.