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Statement From Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe On The Cancellation Of Winter Jam 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012
No. 07

“We are disappointed to have to announce that due to the unusually warm weather, the Parks Department made the hard decision to cancel Winter Jam 2012, originally scheduled for Saturday, February 4th in Prospect Park. It is simply too warm to make snow, and the long-range weather forecasts and current ground temperatures make it extremely unlikely that snow could be made.

Winter Jam has been an official NYC Parks tradition for the past ten years, and has afforded thousands of New Yorkers the opportunity to try out winter sports for free. We are grateful to our partners at the Olympic Regional Development Authority, Lake Placid, I Love NY, and other sponsors for their continued support of this one-of-a-kind event, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of the outdoors this month by visiting one of the six skating rinks in City parks, or checking out a nature program offered by the Urban Park Rangers. For New Yorkers who are really missing the snow this season, I hope you’ll consider a trip to one of New York State’s great ski areas. And for those who crave exercise in a warmer environment, our indoor recreation centers are also open for use.”

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