Submit Your Spooky Scarecrow To Parks’ 2Nd Annual Scarecrow Design CompetitionIMMEDIATE
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
The second annual Scarecrow Design Competition celebrates the spirit of the fall harvest season and creative expression! On Saturday, October 24, the Parks Department will display up to 200 scarecrows constructed by groups of all ages at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park during its annual Pumpkin Festival.
Four categories will differentiate groups by age: elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and adults. A panel of celebrity judges will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes in each category and the winning scarecrows will be displayed after the event in the Arsenal gallery, which houses the Parks Department headquarters in Central Park.
If you wish to submit a scarecrow entry, you must register online at www.nyc.gov/parks by Friday, October 16, 2009. Due to space limitations, only the first 50 registered entries will be accepted in each of the four categories. Registration will close once the division has reached its 50-entry capacity. One entry per category per person, group, organization or business. Entries in multiple categories are permitted.
Scarecrows must be dropped off between Tuesday, October 20, 2009 and Friday, October 23, 2009, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at one of five locations below. The scarecrows will be on display from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2009.
Drop-Off Locations by Borough:
Bronx: Ranaqua – 1 Bronx River Parkway
Brooklyn: Von King Recreation Center – 670 Lafayette Avenue
Manhattan: Bethesda Terrace, Central Park –72nd Street Transverse in the middle of the park
Queens: Passerelle Building in Flushing Meadows Corona Park – next to the USTA
Staten Island: George M. Cromwell Recreation Center – Pier 6 @ Murray Hulbert Avenue
For more information about this year’s Scarecrow Design Competition, please visit www.nyc.gov/parks, keyword: Pumpkin Festival.
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Lasker 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.
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