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The Daily Plant : Friday, February 8, 2008

This Weekend In Parks: Winter Jam!

Malcolm Pinckney

On Saturday, February 9, Central Park transforms into a wonderland for all winter sports enthusiasts.

We are bringing the mountain to Manhattan with its first ever two-story, 80-foot long ski slope, free with luges and tubes provided. Parks is bringing New Yorkers a chance to sled at least once this snowless winter!

Winter Jam 2008 will bring the whole family out of hibernation with all sorts of fun for the kids including an Olympic luge display and more. It all takes place from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Naumburg Bandshell.

Cozy up with hot drinks in our Warming Hut and snacks from the Winter Greenmarkets. Enjoy music from DJs from various radio stations including Hot 97 and live performances from artists including The White Tie Affair and The Season. Kat DeLuna will be on hand during the afternoon and wrap up the event. Olympic medalists bobsledder Todd Hayes and Gordy Sheer will also join the fun. The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Metro New York will celebrate the granting of its 7,000th milestone wish at the event.

Be sure to stick around at 4:30 p.m. when amateur snowboarders will take to the rails during the popular Rail Jam Open!

This event is sponsored by Lake Placid, Olympic Regional Development Authority, Gore Mountain and Hunter Mountain, as well as Ski Areas of America, Radio Hot 97, Radio 98.7 Kiss, I Love New York, Metro, Crocs and Seventeen Magazine.

“The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.”
Horace Walpole
(1717 – 1797)

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There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

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As of April 27, Central Park's Bow Bridge is closed to the public for structural work and a fresh coat of paint. The work is expected to last three to four months. Removing the old paint will require wrapping the bridge in a tent-like structure to prevent debris from falling into the water. Along with repainting, the work will include replacing the wooden decking, fixing several beams on the underside of the span, and reinforcing approaches at either end.
Anticipated Completion: Summer 2015

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Starting June 29, 2015, Central Park Drives north of 72nd Street will be permanently car-free. For more information, please visit

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