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The Daily Plant : Monday, October 30, 2000


Photo By Malcolm (Cinema) Pickney

Costumed as the park's namesake, Commissioner Henry J. (StarQuest) Stern along with President of the American Museum of Natural History, Ellen (Naturalist) Futter; representatives from the office of the Borough President, Virginia Fields; Council Member, Ronnie Eldridge; Chair of Community Board 7, Eric (The Dodger) Nelson; and Manhattan Borough Commissioner, Adrian (A-Train) Benepe welcomed New Yorkers to the ribbon cutting of Theodore Roosevelt Park Thursday morning. In historic style, recalling the former President's era, the group celebrated the completion of this important capital project with a team of horses and an old time brass band.

Visitors to the American Museum of Natural History will now be met with a lush sight as they enter and exit the building: a flourishing Theodore Roosevelt Park, newly renovated to complement the work of the museum. The new park offers visitors a place to contemplate the natural environment, to absorb what they learned in exhibits, and refresh their minds with a visceral experience of nature. In Theodore Roosevelt Park, New York City Parks and the Museum of Natural History join thriving green spaces, alive and intact, with the historical and social record of their impact. In this way, a healthy park reinforces the experience of the museum.

The ambitious $2.5 million project was funded by the Borough President's Office and the American Museum of Natural History. Architect Judith Heintz designed new drainage and irrigation systems. The lawns have been reconstructed with new paths, benches and fencing. The path across the lawn at 81st street was removed to allow for a larger garden and the preservation of native plants and ferns.

The park's dog run, Bull Moose Run has been transformed into a state-of-the-art canine hot spot, encompassing 13,000 square feet with a drainage system, a floor of paw-friendly pebbles and a shoe-friendly flat surface. If it could talk, the new run might speak the words of Theodore Roosevelt: "I'm as strong as a bull moose and you can use me to the limit."


Parks is deeply saddened by the loss of Bobbie Jean (Palmetto) Johnson who died Monday, October 23rd. Ms. Johnson has been with Parks since May 13th 1974. In October of 1997 she was awarded employee of the month. Ms. Johnson leaves behind 5 grown children and many grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.

(Monday, November 2, 1987)


Anthony Gliedman, Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization and Commissioner Stern last week gathered to announce the distribution of $200,000 in "profits" from Wollman Rink's 1986-1987 skating season. "The Parks Department will use $100,000 to build five 'Swedish Playgrounds' similar to the one currently in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens in each of the five boroughs," said Commissioner Stern.


"To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed."

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

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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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