This Weekend In Parks
Bronx River Flotilla
On Saturday, May 5, join the Bronx River Alliance, community groups and almost 200 paddlers in a flotilla of nearly 80 canoes and kayaks for a five-mile trip down the Bronx River to open the paddling season and to celebrate the river’s revitalization.
Flotilla Start (Shoelace Park at 219th St. and Bronx Boulevard)
10:00 a.m. Unveiling of new Bronx River Blueway Map & Guide, a map and written tour of the river to help the public navigate the river
10:15 a.m. Paddlers prepare and the flotilla of canoes launch in the Bronx River
Flotilla End and Picnic Celebration (Concrete Plant Park, Westchester Avenue near Whitlock Avenue)
1:00 p.m. Flotilla of canoes arrive
2:00 p.m. Remarks by City officials; Announcement and distribution of new Bronx River Blueway Map & Guide
Public Viewing/Photo-Op Areas of Flotilla
10:25 a.m. to 10:35 a.m. Near Gun Hill Road and Olinville Ave or near Bronx Boulevard and Duncomb Avenue (Fort Knox Park)
10:35 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. In Bronx River Forest where Burke Avenue would cross the river (Burke Bridge)
11:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Bronx Zoo Riverwalk
12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. 180th Street and Boston Road (River Park)
Urban Wildlife Appreciation Day
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. From falcons and salamanders, to deer and seals, wildlife viewing opportunities exist year-round in all of our parks and beaches. Saturday, May 5 is your chance to see these amazing creatures in person, with events taking place from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Pelham Bay Park, Prospect Park, Inwood Hill Park, Cunningham Park and Blue Heron Park. Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City.
We offer birding programs throughout the year and our Exploration series focuses on unique wildlife viewing opportunities during particular seasons. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. To enhance your experience we encourage you to bring binoculars and field guides, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair.
Astoria Pool Music and Performance Festival
Join us on Saturday, May 5th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for a Music and Performance Festival and help us win a grant to restore the landmarked Astoria Pool Olympic High Dive of the future Astoria Performance Center!
The high dive has been selected as one of 40 projects eligible for a “Partners in Preservation” grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express.
With Council Member Peter Vallone, Jr. and support from the Astoria community, this kick-off festival will feature many exciting activities for all ages:
• Live Music by Queens rock bands Iskandar and Dr. Jin
• Hip to Hip Theatre Company
• Astoria Performing Arts Center
• Facepainting & Storytelling
• Arts & Crafts
• Inflatable Kids Activities
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
“We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road.
They get run over.”
(1897 - 1960)