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More Than 30,000 New Yorkers Celebrate The Outdoors At Tenth Anniversary Of Adventures NYC

Monday, June 23, 2014
No. 37

For the first time, the event expands to a second day in Brooklyn’s Marine Park

On Saturday, June 21, NYC Parks and Backpacker Magazine hosted the tenth annual Adventures NYC, the city’s largest outdoor adventure festival, at the bandshell in Central Park. And on Sunday, June 22, New Yorkers returned for a second day of adventure in Brooklyn’s Marine Park.

“For the past ten years, Adventures NYC has given thousands of New Yorkers the chance to embrace the outdoors and learn new ways they can enjoy our parks.” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “This year was particularly exciting for us with the expansion of Adventures to Jamaica Bay for a second day jam-packed with free, fun activities. Thanks to our partners at Backpacker Magazine and all of our sponsors, we were again able to offer paddle boarding, kayaking, rock climbing and more, while also debuting the sport of slacklining.”

More than 30,000 outdoor enthusiasts of all ages gathered to enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities and exciting demonstrations including kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, fishing lessons, and outdoor gear exhibits.

Highlights of this year’s event included the World Slacklining Championships by Gibbon Slacklines, rock climbing walls with Adidas’ professional climbers, kayaking with Wheel Fun Rentals, stand-up paddleboarding and fly casting instruction from L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools® guides, and learn to snowboard clinics with instructors from Ski Vermont and Burton Snowboards. Visitors also participated in Shape Up NYC fitness classes, trying out activities that are freely available year-round at NYC Parks’ Recreation Centers.

Adventures NYC 2014 was presented by NYC Parks and Backpacker Magazine in partnership with Adidas, Bike & Roll, The Blue Buffalo Company, Burton Riglet Park, Cabot Creamery,, Fugoo, Gibbon Slacklines, Gerolsteiner, GoPro, Honest Tea, Kahtool, Klean Kanteen, KTU 103.5, L Magazine, Lifeproof, L.L. Bean, Maui Jim, MindBody Connect, Nature Valley, New York Liberty, New York Knicks, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, NYC Department of Transportation, Plae, Ruby Bay Salmon Jerky, Ski Vermont, Slow Mag, Tamron, Tent & Trails, Transportation Alternatives, Wheel Fun Rentals, Whole Foods, and Wild Planet.

For more information about adventures you can have all summer long, including free programs with NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers, visit

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