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The Daily Plant : Friday, October 27, 2000

PARKS SINKS ITS TEETH INTO HALLOWEEN


Photo by Amanda (Greenpoint) Tedeschi

PARKS SINKS ITS TEETH INTO HALLOWEEN

Dressed as Dracula Commissioner Henry J. (StarQuest) Stern presided over the carving of an 885 pound pumpkin yesterday to announce Parks' 6th annual Newmark Real Estate Great Halloween Party in Central Park taking place this Saturday from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. At Bethesda Fountain kids will find the city's largest pumpkin patch with 7,500 pumpkins. We expect more than 50,000 pumpkin pickers, theatre-goers, costume makers, rollerbladers, magic lovers, arts and crafts afficianados of all shapes and sizes to attend. Central Park will be transformed into a spooky wonderland of activity where the young at heart can hop aboard hay rides, and the partygoers can enjoy the foliage and the bustle.

At the Nutella Costume Making site kids will transform themselves into pumpkins, princesses, flappers, ninjas, tigers, or leopards. A Professional Pumpkin Picasso will be on hand to help with carving, making fantastical designs-cubist or otherwise-in the seedy gourds. The stage at the bandshell will be occupied by a series of performers, including a magician and the astounding music-and-puppetry group Big Nazo. The BIG Kmart Haunted House will haunt even those with steel nerves. And if that doesn't make crowds howl, the Dress your pet for Howl-O-Ween Contest will.

THIRTEEN YEARS AGO IN THE PLANT
(Friday, October 30, 1987)

PARKS PREPARES FOR 18TH NEW YORK CITY MARATHON

When the first runners of the 18th annual New York City Marathon cross the finish line in Central Park at about 1 P.M. on Sunday, they will have been assisted along the way by hundreds of Parks employees who helped make the race possible.

"The city spends over $600,000 to make America's premier running event a reality," said Commissioner Stern. "And Parks the lead city agency in marathon planning is an essential part of the team effort that goes into the race."

QUOTATION FOR THE DAY

We've gone on holiday by mistake

Bruce Robinson (b.1946)

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Know Before You Go

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

PlaygroundsEast 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.

ParkCentral Park

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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