The Daily Plant : Monday, June 30, 2008
Citywide Volunteers Graduate From Street Tree Pruner Course
On June 19, First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh and Executive Director of Trees New York Susan Gooberman led a graduation ceremony for citizen volunteers who have completed Trees New York’s Citizen Pruner Course.
Approximately 250 volunteers from throughout the five boroughs participated in this spring’s 12-hour Citizen Pruner course, learning topics such as tree identification, tree biology, tree pit gardening, and tree pruning. Graduates of the Citizen Pruner Course are licensed by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and Trees New York to care for New York City street trees.
There are over five million trees and 168 species in New York City, with nearly 600,000 street trees. In October 2007, the City and the New York Restoration Project launched MillionTreesNYC, a citywide, public-private initiative with an ambitious goal to plant and care for one million new trees across the city’s five boroughs by 2017.
As a result of a new comprehensive tree planting and greening approach, entire neighborhoods throughout New York City will be transformed into beautiful greenscapes, with every newly planted tree registered.
RORY MCEVOY NAMED DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EVENTS
I am happy to announce that Rory McEvoy has been appointed the Director of Special Events. Rory brings seven years of experience at Parks to this position including time in both the Manhattan Special Events Office and the Citywide Marketing and Special Events Office.
Rory has managed a vast array of large-scale special events including AIDS Walk, the NYC Triathlon, the NYC Marathon, the Philharmonic on the Great Lawn, Bike New York, Passport to Taiwan, and Broadway Under the Stars. Rory’s interest in the law, city policy, and political issues inform his approach to the wide variety of events that cross his desk from cultural festivals to promotional events. Winter Jam, one of Parks’ signature events, has become an outstanding example of a free, dynamic, public event under Rory’s leadership. Through this event and others he has cultivated valuable relationships with private partners including Aura 360, Jeep, Redbull, and Crocs. Rory’s hard work in these areas has translated into thousands of dollars in revenue for Parks and thousands of happy event-goers on Parkland.
Rory will oversee the special events arm of the division and will continue to forge more effective relationships with other city agencies.
Please join me in wishing him well in this new position.
Assistant Commissioner, Revenue & Marketing
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Know Before You Go
There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.
East 72nd St Playground
The East 72nd St Playground is closed for construction. It will reopen this summer. Central Park Conservancy is renovating the playground to improve its accessibility and connection to the park's landscape. Please visit the Central Park Conservancyfor more information.
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
Central Park Weather
- NYC Parks Celebrates A Decade Since Unveiling The Gates In Central Park, Looks Forward To Art In Parks In 2015
- This Weekend In Parks
- Tomorrow's World: The New York World's Fairs And Flushing Meadows Park On View At The Arsenal Gallery
- Run as One 4M Race
- Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park
- Central Park Tour: Southern Welcome Tour
- Central Park Tour: Belvedere's Kingdom
- Central Park Tour: Heart of the Park
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- Basketball Courts
- Bicycling and Greenways
- Dog-friendly Areas
- Fitness Equipment
- Great Trees
- Handball Courts
- Historic Houses
- Horseback Riding Trails
- Ice Skating Rinks
- Nature Centers
- Outdoor Pools
- Paddleboat Rentals
- Recreation Centers
- Soccer Fields
- Spray Showers
- Tennis Courts
- Volleyball Courts
- Wi-Fi Hot Spots
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