The Daily Plant : Tuesday, January 23, 2001
STATE OF THE AFTERMATH: ENTHUSIASM FOR 2001 AFTER STATE OF THE PARKS
State of the Parks succeeded again. A crowd of over 300 attended and enjoyed a substantive program, Friday January 19, 2001.
The results of the Emerald Awards remained suspenseful to the last, and winners were present to receive their awards. Parks' website won Best Use of Technology. Pool openings in each borough were named Best Recreation and Special Event. Foley Square was deemed the Best Capital Project. The release of the Gray Tree Frog earned the Urban Park Rangers an Emerald Award, during the receipt of which they exhibited a flying squirrel in captivity. The award for Best Emergency Clean Up went to Manhattan crews for their work in Highbridge Park.
The star-studded list of VIPs present at the event was as follows: Michael Abel, City Council Member; Robert (Young Moon) Balachandran, President of the Hudson River Park Trust; Monica (Sheltie) Blum, Executive Director of the Lincoln Square BID; Tracy Boyland, City Council Member; Elaine (Rockaway) Castas, Assistant to the Queens Borough President; Elizabeth (Kingston) Cooke, Executive Director of the Parks Council; Stephen Fiala, City Council Member; C. Virginia (Sparrow) Fields, Manhattan Borough President; Alan (Muck-a-Muck) Friedberg of the MTA; Executive Director of the 14th street Union Square BID, David (Vermilyea) Gmach; Stanley (Falcon) Michaels, City Council Member; Lynden (Wildflower) Miller of Public Garden Designs; Ira (Silver Fox) Millstein of Weil, Gotschal & Manges; Harald (Chamois) Miltner, Consul General of Austria; Regina (Bethesda) Peruggi, President Elect of the Central Park Conservancy; Bruce (Forest) Ratner Chair of the City Parks Foundation; Betsy (Founder) Barlow Rogers, President of Cityscape Institute; John Sabini, Council Member; Jean (Troubador) Troubh, President of the City Parks Foundation; and Olle (Bulletin) Wastberg , Consul General of Sweden.
THIRTEEN YEARS AGO IN THE PLANT
(Tuesday, January 26, 1988)
PARKS SPONSORS SWIMMING MEET AT CCNY
Parks Aquatics Division held its first swimming meet of 1988 for city youngsters 18 and younger at the City College Pool at 137 Street and Convent Avenue in Manhattan on Sunday, January 24. Over 100 swimmers participated in the highly competitive United States swimming-sanctioned event.
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
"Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility."
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)