Uncommon Ground Lecture Explored The Future Of Nyc Parks & Natural EnvironmentIMMEDIATE
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe hosted a discussion that explored the juncture between the City’s wildlife and urban environment in the 21st Century. Contributors to this talk included Regional Director of the National Parks Conservation Association Alexander Brash, Landscape Architect & Ecologist Alexander Felson, Central Park Conservancy Founder Elizabeth Barlow Rogers and President of the Council on the Environment Marcel Van Ooyen.
“Under Mayor Bloomberg’s leadership and the implementation of PlaNYC, environmental awareness has been brought to the forefront of our City,” said Commissioner Benepe. “This evening’s lecture examines the challenges and possibilities surrounding our natural environment. The discussion will help us play an integral role as we protect wildlife and shape the parks of the future.”
The lecture melded Earth Day with Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s PlaNYC and marks some recent environmental groups’ anniversaries such as the 120th Anniversary of the Linnaean Society, the 20th Anniversary of the Urban Park Rangers and the 150th Anniversary of Olmsted and Vaux’s Greensward plan for Central Park. Mayor Bloomberg also named April MillionTreesNYC Month, after his initiative to add more greenery to the City’s environment. These milestones and events set the stage for the discussion as the group examined the City’s parks and natural environment.
“America's democracy was forged on the anvils of our forbearers’ wilderness experiences,” said Alexander Brash, the Regional Director of the National Parks Conservation Association. “With orchids, salamanders and owls still gracing our City's parks today, we must not forget these living partners as we look to recast the City in the 21st Century.”
Parks gathered some of the City’s premiere environmentalists and groundbreakers of both natural and parks history. They discussed the City’s wildlife, plant populations and how they have adapted to living in New York City, along with their insights on how to maintain them into the future. Copies of “Natural History of New York City's Parks and Great Gull Island,” a book collaboratively written and published by NPCA, the Linnaean Society of New York, and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation were available for all attendees.
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There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this 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
Starting June 29, 2015, Central Park Drives north of 72nd Street will be permanently car-free. For more information, please visit on.nyc.gov/1MOAh40.
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- Handball Courts
- Historic Houses
- Horseback Riding Trails
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- Nature Centers
- Outdoor Pools
- Paddleboat Rentals
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