Press Releases

Monday, May 03, 2021
No. 39


NYC Parks is celebrating the cultural impact and contributions of those who identify as Asian American and/or Pacific Islander (AAPI) throughout the month of May. Join our expert Urban Park Rangers as they host tours, lead discussions, and reflect on the history, culture, and future of the Asian American and Pacific Islander influence in our parks.

“We are fortunate to live in such a rich and culturally diverse city, and it is made better through the contributions, influence, and shared experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “This Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month, we should all engage in meaningful discussions and immerse ourselves in Asian American culture as a means to better understand our neighbors and show appreciation for their contributions.”

Here are some of this month’s highlight events:

Salt Marsh Nature Center, Marine Park

Saturday, May 8

11 a.m. - Noon

Learn all about various species of cherry trees and their significance in Asian culture and folklore. This program will also use natural materials to create a mixed-media cherry blossom craft.

*This free event requires registration and participants are selected through a lottery system. Registration for this event is currently open, you may register here.

Chinese Scholar Harden at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden

Sunday, May 23

10 – 11:30 a.m.

The Chinese Scholar Garden at Snug Harbor features a re-creation of a scholar's garden which were mainly created in China during the Ming Dynasty. Learn more about the cultural significance of scholar gardens, which feature several specialized species of trees, bamboos and flowering plants. Interested participants will meet at the parking lot on Cottage Row inside the Snug Harbor Campus and are encouraged to participate in a restoration effort to ready the garden for the summer season.

*This free event requires registration and participants are selected through a lottery system. Please register here starting May 12.

The Unisphere at Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Sunday, May 30

Noon – 1 p.m.

Join the Urban Park Rangers as they discuss some of the Asian nations that participated in the 1964 World’s Fair. Highlights will include stories from inside the pavilions, and the enduring gifts from Asia that are still present in Queens’ flagship park.

In addition to these events, NYC Parks’ Learning Labs will be teaching youth participants all about AAPI history and culture. Each learning lab will select a country from a list based on the most populous AAPI groups in 2019, according to the US Census Bureau. Through research and virtual exhibitions from national and local cultural institutions, students will gain knowledge about the language, cuisine, geography, literary achievements, sports and recreation, and notable people of their selected country.

Also, ShapeUp NYC, the agency’s free group fitness program will be highlighting Shape Up instructors who identify as AAPI on its official Instagram page throughout the month of May. Each instructor will share a photo and a short blurb about why they teach for Shape Up.

You can find a complete list of upcoming events this month by visiting Parks’ Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month page.

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