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Volume XXVIII, Number 5768
Thursday, Jan 03, 2013

Make Your New Year's Resolution At Parks & Recreation!

Have you resolved to make a change to your regular habits for the new year? No matter your resolution, we're here to help make it easier to achieve your goals!

Do you have an NYC New Year's resolution? Share it on Twitter using #NYCResolves by Wednesday, January 9, and you'll be entered into the City's twitter contest! For contest rules, visit the City's #NYCResolves page.

Here are some suggestions for potential resolutions that you can enjoy at our parks and recreation centers!

I resolve to... Spend More Time with Family and Friends

Give the gift of fitness this new year, and buy a Recreation Center Membership Gift Card for friends or loved ones. You'll never have to go to the gym by yourself again!

Get in Shape for the New Year

Swimming is a great workout and a Parks Recreation Center membership lets you do laps all year long. Even when the temperatures drop outside, it’s always swimsuit season at our 12 indoor pools!

Go Green

Make 2013 your greenest year ever – start by bringing your Christmas tree or holiday wreath to a MulchFest site near you, where it will be chipped and turned into mulch for one of Parks’ gardens. At select sites, you can even take some of the mulch home to make your own garden a little greener.

Get More out of Life

Through collaborations with a diverse group of arts organizations and artists, Parks brings to the public both experimental and traditional art in many park locations. Check out St. Clair Cemin on Broadway, now through January 25 – its sure to make you see things from a whole new perspective!

Stick to a Budget

Adult Recreation Center memberships are $150 and Senior memberships are only $25. This means that for less than a dollar a day, you can have access to more than 30 centers citywide, including 12 indoor pools.

Learn Something New

If you're ages 16-26, you can apply for Microsoft Office and Adobe certification classes through DigitalWork NYC. If you're accepted, you'll be able to earn while you learn by getting paid to complete online tasks, and you'll be eligible for a free certification exam and recreation center membership when you finish!

Help Others

What better way to show neighbors you care than by helping to make your park more beautiful? There are hundreds of community-based organizations throughout the city that care for parks in their neighborhoods on a regular basis. To find out if there is an active group or to learn how to start a new group, visit City Parks Foundation's Partnerships for Parks page.

Give Back to My Community

Get involved with a Greenthumb Garden in your community. Bring your family to volunteer or become a member at one of the city’s 500 community gardens, and learn from citizen volunteers that have been stewarding gardens over the last 30 years.


“To love what you do and feel that it matters - how could anything be more fun?” Katharine Graham (1917 - 2001)
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