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Volume XXVIII, Number 5830
Wednesday, Apr 03, 2013

Michael Strahan Tackles Central Park

Michael Strahan took a lawn mower out for a spin, giving Sheep Meadow’s turf its first mow of 2013.
Michael Strahan took a lawn mower out for a spin, giving Sheep Meadow’s turf its first mow of 2013.
Photo by Malcolm Pinckney

To prepare for the reopening of Central Park’s lawns for its 10 million springtime visitors, Michael Strahan yesterday joined NYC Parks and the Central Park Conservancy to mow Sheep Meadow for the first time in 2013.

Strahan, a former New York Giant and current co-host of “Live! With Kelly and Michael,” rode across Central Park's Sheep Meadow in a Toro riding mower. He said it was a huge step up from the old-fashioned machine he used to trim lawns as a kid while staying at an Army base in Germany with his military family.

“I had a push mower. I didn't have this fancy step on the gas and go backwards,” Strahan said. “I was pushing mowers cutting yards at the barracks when I was kid. It's how I earned money. I must've been 10 years old.”

“We’ve got a lot of work to do this spring, including 57,000 flowers and shrubs to plant, 250 acres of lawn to mow, 1,400 sprinklers to test and activate, and so much more,” said Doug Blonsky, President & CEO of the Central Park Conservancy. “We’re thrilled to have Michael lend a hand – that partnership between Park visitors and the Conservancy is one of the reasons Central Park is what it is.”

Sheep Meadow is one of Central Park’s largest and most popular lawns: more than 3 million people visit the 15-acre meadow every year to sunbathe, picnic, and relax. The Conservancy is responsible for preparing all of Central Park’s 250 acres of lawns for visitors’ April 6 return.

Central Park’s lawns are closed every winter to prevent damage and protect them in advance of heavy spring and summer use. On Saturday, April 6, all Central Park lawns and ballfields will reopen to the public for the first time in 2013.

Strahan praised the work of the City and the Central Park Conservancy in maintaining Central Park by saying, “There's a lot of people who do a lot of work and raise a lot of money to make sure the park is the way we all love it.”

Video footage of Michael Strahan’s remarks can be viewed here.


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