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A Year in Photos: 2016

May (Continued)


Photo by Malcolm Pinckney/NYC Parks

While the world was getting ready for the Olympics in Rio, we passed on the torch to the Brooklyn Senior Games where seniors competed in relay racing, bowling, swimming, basketball, pickleball, tennis, and more!


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

In celebration of Bird Year, NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP joined the Urban Park Rangers and US Fish and Wildlife at the 100th year anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty.


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

At Urban Wildlife Appreciation Day in Inwood Hill Park, New Yorkers got an up close look at some of NYC's most majestic birds, including this great-horned owl hanging out with Ranger Rob.


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

We celebrated the unofficial start of summer with kite flying and beach games at Orchard Beach, as we opened all the beaches across New York City in time for Memorial Day weekend.

June


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

We officially kicked off summer with rock climbing, kayaking, and paddle boarding at Adventures NYC in Central Park—our biggest Adventures NYC ever!


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

Our Parks Commissioner, staff, and friends celebrated the opening of our free outdoor pools at Faber Pool on Staten Island.


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

The summer's annual FLOW art exhibit brought four large-scale, site-specific art pieces, including Monument to a Missing Island by Tim Clifford, to the waterfront at Randall's Island Park.

July


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

The entire Rockaway Boardwalk opened just in time for the Fourth of July celebrations, welcoming beach-goers, runners, and cyclists to more miles of waterfront for the first time ever since Superstorm Sandy—inspiring a summer filled with waterfront fun.


Photo by Malcolm Pinckney/NYC Parks

We got our toes wet at Calvert Vaux Park on a fishing trip with the Urban Park Rangers.

August


Photo by Malcolm Pinckney/NYC Parks

We joined Lincoln Center Local at a free silent disco party (with a view) at Hunter's Point South Park's in Long Island City.


Photo by Malcolm Pinckney/NYc Parks

At Coney Island Beach, we saw some of the best sand-sculpting masterpieces ever, including this one of France's famous Eiffel Tower.


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

And, we put Brooklyn to the test at the annual chin-up/pull-up contest and volleyball tournament right here on Coney Island Beach.


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

After closing for a $3 million upgrade, East Harlem's White Playground re-opened this summer, boasting new play features, resurfaced basketball and handball courts, a track, game tables, interactive spray features, enhanced accessibility, and a sandbox. Visit White Playground


Photo by Malcolm Pinckney/NYC Parks

In August, Mayor de Blasio announced that five flagship parks—St. Mary’s ParkHighbridge ParkAstoria ParkBetsy Head Park, and Freshkills Park—will get $30 million each in upgrades! Learn more about Anchor Parks

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