Press Releases

Friday, May 22, 2020
No. 17


Washington Square Arch & Empire State Building Going Green for Parkies
Washington Square Arch & Empire State Building Going Green for Parkies
NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

NYC Parks Features Continue #GoingGreenForParkies Through June 2020

Last night, #GoingGreenForParkies, NYC Parks’ initiative to honor essential parks workers, went global as landmarks all around the world glowed green in tribute to essential parks workers. In New York City, #GoingGreenForParkies kicked off with an iconic lighting of the Empire State Building, NYC Parks’ Arsenal, Washington Square Arch and other elements across the city. In a show of support, San Francisco’s City Hall, Coit Tower, and Conservatory; Australia’s Royal Botanic Garden Sydney; and the Con Edison tower all lit green for parkies.

“On behalf of all of us at NYC Parks, thank you to the Empire State Building, Mayor Bill de Blasio and other elected officials, and all other destinations around the world for joining us in our effort to honor the frontline workers maintaining our sanctuaries of sanity—our city parks,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “As our essential park workers continue to maintain our parks, so too will we continue to honor them. In continued tribute, NYC Parks features will remain lit green through June.”

Parks features will remain lit green through June to continue honoring park workers dedicated to maintaining greenspaces in support of the mental and physical health of all visitors during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Parks lightings that will continue include:
The Arsenal (Central Park)
The Washington Square Park Arch
NYC Parks’ Ranaqua (Bronx)

In addition to Thursday evening’s lightings, NYC Parks put out a call to those who love green spaces to wear green when visiting their favorite park, and to share a thank you on social media platforms using #GoingGreenForParkies. Parks will continue to 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.

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