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Spring Bucket List

Spring is in full swing! Our parks are blossoming and the warm sunshine welcomes many visitors, wildlife, and fun outdoor events and activities in our parks. Get the most out of spring this year! Make sure you cross these items off your to-do list. 

Head to a Cherry Blossom Festival

In April, parks and gardens celebrate this rite of spring with live music, dance performances, and art, all inspired by Japanese culture. Find an upcoming Cherry Blossom Festival

Kick it 'old school' at our throwback party in Harlem

We're bringing old-school games from the '60s and '70s to our Street Games festival on Saturday, April 27. Bring the kids to Thomas Jefferson Park and enjoy fun games! Take a ride in a box car; hop around on pogo sticks; bounce around on big hippity hop balls; join a double-dutch game; play wheelchair basketball, and more! The festival is free. No registration is required. All you need to do is show up! Street Games event info

Walk through the Crabapple Grove at Riverside Park

These sweet-smelling crababpple trees were planted here in in the 1930s and early 1940s.These trees are part of our collection of heritage trees because of their unique multi-stem branching form. Take a stroll through the grove to admire the huge canopy of crabapple flowers in bloom right now. Learn more information about the Riverside Park Heritage Crabapples

Explore Freshkills Park

When it fully opens to the public in 2036, Freshkills Park will be the world's largest landfill-to-park project and more than three times the size of Central Park! This spring is your next chance to explore sections of the park that are currently closed to the public. Join a family-friendly nature walk or see it on a kayak tour! View spring events at Freshkills ParkDay info

Plant a tree in the park

We plant trees in the spring and fall, and you're invited to help! Join our stewardship team this spring to help plant trees in parks across the city. Trees help to combat climate change and air pollution, provide habitats for birds and other wildlife, and beautify our parks. Register for a tree planting event

Head to Opening Weekend at our City beaches

All of our beaches will open for the season on Memorial Day Weekend, starting Saturday, May 25, 2019! Welcome summer and enjoy a day at the beach! Remember that you can only swim or go wading when and where lifeguards are on duty. Learn more about NYC Parks beaches

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