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A Year in Photos: 2016

What does a year feel like when it's spent in a New York City park? Take a look back at 2016, and remember the ways we played, celebrated, created, and most of all—had fun!

January


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

This year, New Yorkers of all ages came out to MulchFest to help us recycle more than 30,000 Christmas trees into mulch used to nourish trees and gardens. Here’s how you can participate at MulchFest this year


Photo by Malcolm Pinckney/NYC Parks

To help New Yorkers keep their new year’s resolution to get in shape, we teamed up with the First Lady of NYC Chirlane McCray to launch 100 new, free exercise classes through Shape Up NYC! Find a free Shape Up NYC class near you


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

One of the biggest snowstorms ever transformed Oakland Lake into a beautiful winter wonderland. Discover Oakland Lake on your next hike through Alley Pond Park

February

But winter’s chilly days didn't stop us from having fun—we brought the party indoors at our recreation centers:


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

Hundreds of people came out to celebrate the Year of the Monkey at Sunset Park Recreation Center,


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

We were honored to witness every proud moment of this spelling bee competition at St. Mary’s Recreation Center in the Bronx.

March


Photo by Malcolm Pinckney/NYC Parks

At West Bronx Recreation Center, it was all about the ladies at She’s Point—a day of jump roping, ball playing, and dancing, in celebration of girls and women in sports.


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

Despite a very cold winter, spring was right on time this year, bringing a soft blush of color to Carl Schurz Park.

April


Photo by Malcolm Pinckney/NYC Parks

We officially kicked off spring with a day of cornhole, hula hooping, wheelchair basketball, and soap box car races at Street Games in East Harlem's Thomas Jefferson Park.


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

We're committed to building better parks for you by you. To do so, we continued meeting with your neighbors to hear what New Yorkers want to see in their parks. Learn more about how we're building equitable parks


Photo by Malcolm Pinckney/NYC Parks

In Brownsville, we opened a new Imagination Playground at Betsy Head Park, where movable play features encourage creative play,

May


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

and in Harlem we brought the FLUX Art Fair to Marcus Garvey Park, where large-scale works from 40 innovative artists told the stories of the Harlem community through large-scale art installations.

We're also rethinking Parks in community by transforming the areas where our parks meet your neighborhoods. To do so, we're re-imagining fencing, sidewalks, and amenities to make parks more open, welcoming, and reflective of their communities. We call it Parks Without Borders. We asked New Yorkers to help us choose eight parks to benefit from this new approach; we received more than 6,100 suggestions for improving 692 parks!


Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

The eight showcase parks were unveiled at our first-ever Parks summit, Parks Without Borders, where we met with planners, park enthusiasts, and community experts to help us discuss and develop our new approach. Missed the Summit? Watch the Parks Without Borders Summit online

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