Press Releases

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
No. 16


NYC Parks today announced that New York City will go green in tribute to essential park workers with an iconic lighting of the Empire State Building, and NYC Parks’ Arsenal, Washington Square Arch and other elements across the city. From New York City to San Francisco, and around the world, park workers have continued to maintain parks in support of the mental and physical health of all visitors during the current COVID-19 pandemic--#GoingGreenForParkies is the ultimate acknowledgement and thank you for all their hard work. The lighting will take place this week, Thursday, May 21 at sunset (approximately 8:12 p.m. EDT).

“More than ever, city parks and greenspaces have proven to be critical infrastructure, places of refuge, and park workers have been on the frontlines keeping these sanctuaries of sanity open here in New York, across the country and around the world,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “In honor of the tremendous work they put in every day, we are proud to work with the Empire State Building to light New York City green in honor of parkies near and far!”

The #GoingGreenForParkies celebration will include the following lightings in New York City:

  • The Empire State Building
  • The Arsenal (Central Park)*
  • The Washington Square Park Arch*
  • The Parachute Jump (Coney Island Boardwalk)
  • NYC Parks’ Ranaqua (Bronx)*

*NYC Parks’ elements will be lit through the end of June 2020.

In addition to the five lightings, NYC Parks is putting out a call to those who love greenspaces--the smallest to the largest--to wear green when visiting their favorite park this Thursday, and to share a thank you on social media platforms using #GoingGreenForParkies. Parks will share the love by featuring shoutouts on its social media channels @NYCParks.

NYC Parks staff have been out every day keeping our city’s greenspaces open for all visitors. From our Forestry and Maintenance and Operations teams, to our Public Programming staff and Parks Ambassadors, to our Parks Enforcement Patrol officers and Urban Park Rangers--they have all gone above and beyond during these uncertain times. In addition to continuing standard roles and responsibilities during the pandemic, Parks staff assisted with standing up field hospitals; are operating GetFood distribution sites, with more than 13 million meals distributed; are educating park goers about safe social distancing, and handing out face coverings, and more.

About Parks
NYC Parks is the steward of more than 30,000 acres of land — 14 percent of New York City — including more than 5,000 individual properties ranging from Coney Island Beach and Central Park to community gardens and Greenstreets. We operate more than 800 athletic fields and nearly 1,000 playgrounds, 1,800 basketball courts, 550 tennis courts, 65 public pools, 51 recreational facilities, 15 nature centers, 14 golf courses, and 14 miles of beaches. We care for 1,200 monuments and 23 historic house museums. We look after 600,000 street trees, and two million more in parks. We are New York City's principal providers of recreational and athletic facilities and programs. We are home to free concerts, world-class sports events, and cultural festivals.

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