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The Daily Plant : Friday, October 8, 2010

This Weekend In Parks

An entry from last year's Scarecrow Contest.
NYC Parks

Scarecrow Contest
Register now for the third annual Scarecrow Design Competition—a celebration of the spirit of creative expression! By registering now at the Parks website, you will have the chance to display your work at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park on October 30, and to win prizes! Prizes are offered in several age categories, and the winning scarecrow designs will be displayed after the event in the Arsenal Gallery, the only municipally-run gallery in New York City.

Open House New York
Take a look at some of New York’s architectural treasures in parks! Open House New York Weekend opens historical buildings and structures in all five boroughs to more than 300 tours and events on October 9 and 10. Many Parks Department properties, including mansions, gardens, and castles, will be on display. Some events are listed below, but visit for a full list of OHNY events in parks to get a peek of old New York or the city that’s yet to come!

Saturday, October 9, 2010
Birding Club: There’s a Pretty Gull
8:00 a.m.
Van Cortlandt Nature Center, Bronx

Halloween Hoorah at The New York Botanical Garden
10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
New York Botanical Garden, Bronx

Open House New York: Soldiers and Sailors Monument
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Sailors and Soldiers Monument (in Riverside Park), Manhattan

Circle of Friends Celebrity Basketball Clinic
12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Alfred E. Smith Recreation Center, Staten Island

Open House New York: Fort Totten
1:00 p.m.
Fort Totten Park, Queens

Sunday, October 10, 2010
Staten Island Half-Marathon
8:30 a.m.
Richmond County Bank Ballpark, Staten Island

Open House New York: The Arsenal
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
The Arsenal, Manhattan

Open House New York: Tour of institutions within Flushing Meadows Corona Park
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Passarelle Ramp at David Dinkins Circle (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park), Queens

Canoe the Lagoon
12:00 p.m.
The Lagoon (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx

Great Trees Walking Tour
2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Port Richmond High School, Staten Island

"I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers."
Claude Monet

Directions to Central Park

Know Before You Go

Ice Skating RinksLasker Rink (Temporarily Closed)

Lasker Rink is closed due to a refrigeration malfunction. Parks is trying to repair the rink's concrete slab and valves to identify and fix the source of the leak, in the hope of reopening the rink to the public later this season. In the meantime, the Trump Organization along with NYC Parks will work with the community and other area rinks to try to accommodate hockey and skating groups who call Lasker Rink home. Refunds will also be issued to any organizations who reserved and paid for use of the rink during the time that it will be closed.

Central Park Weather

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