Union Square Park
The Daily Plant : Monday, September 10, 2001
THOUSANDS ROLL INTO UNION SQUARE PARK, ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK
Five thousand New Yorkers visited Union Square Park for the season finale of Parks’ five-night, five-borough series: Rock n Rollerblade, dubbed by Commissioner Henry J. (StarQuest) Stern, "the best outdoor party on wheels." The party started at Orchard Beach in the Bronx on August 2, then it rolled into Queens’ Forest Park on August 9, and spun over to Leif Ericson Park in Brooklyn on August 16. Had it not been for rain, the party would have hopped across to South Beach in Staten Island on August 23. It finally braked in Union Square Park on Thursday, August 30, but not until thousands of dancers rocked the night away, and rollerbladed under what is reportedly the largest disco ball on the East Coast. Pepsi, JetBlue Airlines, the New York Post, Truth.org and WKTU sponsored the event, and 1970s funk bands Shepherd's Pie and Quincy's Jam provided live entertainment. With Recreation, Marketing and Special Events, they created a successful night of fun and sports.
SWIMMERS TOWEL OFF AT THE END OF THE SUMMER
Hamilton Fish Recreation Center hosted the second annual Five Boro Swim Championships on Saturday, August 25. The borough of Brooklyn was crowned ruler of the still, blue water. Swimmers ages 6 to 18 received individual awards. The meet marked the highpoint of Parks’ outdoor swim season. And summer 2001 included just the kind of weather that makes 275 hundred athletic New York kids want to dive into the water and stay there. Thanks to Director of Citywide Aquatics John (Neptunis) Hutchins and all of Parks’ aquatics specialists for making this summer a fun one not only for competitive swimmers, but the for the 6,000 New Yorkers who learned to swim for free.
Just four days after the championships, on August 29, Commissioner Henry J. (StarQuest) Stern marked the conclusion of the night owl and early bird lap swim season with a pool party in John Jay Park. He presented awards to the summer’s most dedicated swimmers. Each morning and night they suited up, donned their caps, and, with a small wave, dove in and lapped up the goodness of summer. 8,864 miles later, autumn falls, and the summer’s 4,336 lap swimmers head indoors. But before we turn our attention to autumn sports, a word about what a great summer it was for waterbabies. On the summer’s hottest day, 40,000 New Yorkers enjoyed Parks’ swimming pools. Even on cloudy days, Manhattan pools, for example, saw as many as 5,000 swimmers.
BLOOD DONATIONS ARE NEEDED AS NEVER BEFORE
Please participate in Parks’ next blood drives on Wednesday, September 12 and Thursday, September 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Volunteers are also needed to help with sign-in, food service, and record-keeping. For giving blood, you will receive three hours of comp time. For more information, please contact your blood drive coordinator: Tarice (Mystique) Harris 830:7814 (Arsenal West), Sydney Goldstein 360-2778 (Arsenal North), Hedi (Headlight) Piel 360-3442 (The Arsenal), Veronica (Faerydust) Llanos 408-0221 (Manhattan Borough), or Jennifer Milone 310-6626 (Central Park Conservancy).
THIRTEEN YEARS AGO IN THE PLANT
(Monday, September 12, 1988)
FREE INTERNAIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL
FEATURED IN MANHATTAN PARKS
Parks will bring together an electrifying combination of 10 dance companies to five outdoor parks in Manhattan on September 14, 15, 16, 19, and 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. This free International Dance Festival will be performed by companies with styles ranging from Chinese folk dancing to salsa and modern ballet.
"This festival is part of a Parks Department effort to bring free entertainment and cultural events to neighborhoods all over the city," said Jennifer Vermont-Davis, organizer of the festival and director of Parks’ New York Kids on Stage theater program. "The groups will display many different styles and backgrounds and we hope New Yorkers will enjoy the versatility of each company."
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
"I know it’s only rock ‘n’ roll but I like it."
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
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