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The Daily Plant : Thursday, January 18, 2001


The third Annual Emerald Awards for outstanding Parks projects will be announced at Commissioner Henry J. (StarQuest) Stern's State of the Parks Address this Friday, January 19, 2001 at 12:00 P.M. in the Arsenal Gallery. And the nominees are...

For Best Species Reintroduction: The American Chestnut, The Monarch Butterfly, Gray Treefrogs, and Bat Boxes

For Best Clean Up: Highbridge Park, Ewen Park, Bronx River, Graham Beach, and Cunningham Park

For Best Natural Resource Restoration: Alley Pond Park, Marine Park Salt Marsh, Pelham Bay Lagoon, Twin Ballfields, and Northern Manhattan Parks

For Best Park Design and Construction: Golf Courses, Foley Square Park, Flushing Bay Promenade, Playground for all Children, and the North Meadow

For Best Recreation/Special Event: Flag Football Program, Halloween, Rock n' Rollerblade, Pool Opening, and The Handball Tournament

For Best Use of Technology: Computer Resource Centers, Parks' Website, GIS, and Sea Snake


On Saturday, January 6th, 2001, The Von King Cultural Arts Center's After-school program ended the Christmas holiday season with a trip to Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular featuring the World Famous Rockettes.

Twenty-one children from dance, drama and music workshops were accompanied by eight staff members and Ms. Ruby Ford, Chairwoman of Community Board #3's Cultural Arts Committee. Ms. Ford, the primary sponsor of the trip, wanted to give the children this special treat as her way of saying "Merry Christmas".

After enjoying a phenomenal show, the group traveled to Brooklyn's famous Junior's Restaurant for a delicious lunch. Smiles, laughter and animated conversation filled the ride back to Von King center.

The children presented Ms. Ford and Mrs. Winslow, a fellow sponsor, with "Thank You" cards to show their appreciation.

By Lemuel Mial, Center Manager, Von King Cultural Arts Center

(Thursday, January 21, 1988)


Richard Harris has been appointed the Director Communications for Central Park, Administrator Elizabeth Barlow Rogers announced.

Harris, a native New Yorker, holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University in English. According to Harris, as Communications Director for one of the world's best known public parks, he will be wearing three hats. Harris will serve as a liaison between the Parks managers and the community, help write draft proposals and grant applications for the Central Park Conservancy, and working with Chief of public Information Gary Zarr, alert the media and the public about the scores of activities and events available at New York's 843-acre centerpiece.


"Nothing fortuitous happens in a child's world. There are no accidents. Everything is connected with everything else and everything can be explained by everything else. ... For a young child everything that happens is a necessity."

John Berger (b. 1926)

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PlaygroundsSeba Playground

Seba Playground will be closed to reconstruct the current Seba Tot Lot into a playground for children of all ages. The new design will enlarge the toddler area by adding a custom spray shower, seating, and two new tot play units. Additional play spaces will also be added for 5 to 12 year olds, and will include a large accessible play unit, a second spray shower and seating area. These two play areas will be joined by 15 additional swings for both age groups. The site will also feature an accessible drinking fountain, attractive plantings, and a bicycle rack.

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