The Daily Plant : Monday, August 27, 2001
TRIATHLETES CONQUER CENTRAL PARK
Classic Parks Photo Op: Triathletes from all over the globe tested the limits of both their bodies and New York’s recreational spaces on Sunday, August 12 in a competition organization by NYC 2012, the organization vying for New York City’s Olympic bid. Michael (Poseidon) O’Rourke and Riverside Park staff, Assistant Commissioner Jack (Kirkwood) Linn, and Citywide Special Events helped put on the show.
Only one triathlon takes place entirely in Central Park, and the event is so popular its just been expanded to accept 300 athletes, up from the 240 participants for the last 13 years. On Sunday, August 19, ambitious athletes stroked three loops through Lasker Pool, cycled 12 miles, and paced the drives for another five miles. Nancy (The Wheeler) Klitsner, directed the race and Dan (Tri-man) Honig of the New York Triathlon Club consulted. This quintessentially New York challenge was not only an adventure for participating athletes, but a fundraiser for free recreational programs for kids in all five boroughs. Last year, 2.9 million New Yorkers visited Parks’ 35 recreation centers. Sunday’s triathletes ran to help support further programs for those center users.
It might feel too hot to be thinking about November’s New York marathon, but the die-hards have already begun. On Saturday, August 11 at 7:00 a.m., the New York Road Runners Club held its first marathon training run in Central Park. Early worm athletes looped through Central Park’s drives running 6, 12, and 20 mile courses from 99th Street and the East Drive. They trained across and around the finish line that will be such a welcome sight this fall. As they ran they were perhaps reminded of a quote from The Complete Book of Running that “the qualities and capacities that are important in running—such factors as will power, the ability to apply effort during extreme fatigue and the acceptance of pain—have a radiating power that subtly influences one’s life.”
(Monday, August 29, 1988)
PARKS INVITES YOU TO WALTZ UNDER THE STARS
Parks cordially invites you to waltz, rhumba, hustle, cha-cha, mambo, meringue, fox-trot, samba or tango—or watch others do so—at a night of ballroom dancing on Friday, September 9 at Bethesda Terrace in Central Park.
The dance extravaganza in the green heart of New York City will celebrate the 68th anniversary of the Roseland Ballroom and commemorate the complete renovation of Bethesda Terrace.
“I always seem to be running into cyclists, every time I cross the road.
There ought to be a law against me.”
Directions to Riverside Park
Know Before You Go
There are currently 3 service interruptions affecting access within this park.
Riverside Skate Park
Riverside Skate Park is closed to reconstruct the existing skate park with new skate elements, fencing, benches, picnic tables, and landscaping. Please visit the Capital Project Tracker page for updates on the project.
Anticipated Completion: Spring 2020
West 79th Street Boat Basin
There are service changes at this facility. Transient and seasonal moorings will not be available for the 2020 season
West 79th Street Boat Basin
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are service changes at this marina.
Marinas, boatyards, and boat launches are open for personal use of vessels only. Group activities, social gatherings, vessel charters, and rentals are prohibited. Vessel servicing, fueling, and pumpout stations are open. Please maintain strict social distancing of at least six feet and clean and sanitize your vessels after each use.
Also, transient and seasonal moorings will not be available for the 2020 season.
- RIVERSIDE PARK TO RECEIVE $11.5 MILLION IN MAYORAL FUNDING TO ADDRESS 1930s ERA DRAINAGE SYSTEMS
- NYC PARKS’ CITYWIDE MONUMENTS CONSERVATION PROGRAM KICKS OFF ITS 21st YEAR
- NYC Parks To Temporarily Close Riverside Park South Bike Path—59-70 Streets—Due To Planned Construction