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Adventures NYC -- Parks "Annual Celebration Of The Great Outdoors" Draws Thousands

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
No. 47

On Saturday, Parks welcomed thrill-seeking New Yorkers to Adventures NYC, Parks’ annual celebration of the outdoors. Now in its eighth year, the event took place from noon to 4:00 p.m. in Central Park.

“Adventures NYC offers exciting activities such as rock climbing, paddle boarding, and yoga, and is enjoyed by thousands of visitors in Central Park every year,” said Commissioner Benepe. “Everyone gets to have fun in the sun while taking advantage of NYC’s green spaces to get out, get active and get healthy. Parks is proud to again partner with Backpacker Magazine, The North Face, and REI to bring this great event to the Big Apple for free!”

At the event New Yorkers participated in handcycling, climbed rock walls, and learned how to snowboard on synthetic snow in Burton’s Riglet Park, brought to Central Park by Ski Vermont. Other activities included a health and fitness clinic and a mountain biking expo. Attendees also enjoyed live music from the Kings Country Ramblers, the Nick West Quartet, and Brooklyn’s own Lucius. The Parks membership van was on hand to sign people up for Parks’ recreation centers.

Adventures NYC was presented by the North Face in partnership with REI and Backpacker Magazine and sponsored by Vermont Vacation, Progressive O&P, Mission, Ski Vermont,Transportation Alternatives, UBC, Zipcar, Yoga Journal, Cabot Cheese, New York Department of Transportation, Princeton Tec, Larabar, Primaloft, Keen, Paragon, National parks Foundation, Gaiam, Tent & Trails, Laughing Lotus Yoga Center, NYC Water, NYC Tricycle, Brave, Central Park Medical Unit, Brooklyn Outfitters, Honest Beverages and Bike and Roll and the NYC DOT. Media sponsors include Z100 radio station and the New York Post.

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