Friday, May 3, 2013

Fw: Northern Manhattan Parks - May Events and Opportunities

Northern Manhattan Parks
You MAY Appreciate Spring MORE in Northern Manhattan Parks!
Inwood Hill Park
Urban Wildlife Appreciation Day with the Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, May 4, 2013
12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. From
falcons and salamanders, to deer and seals, wildlife viewing
opportunities exist year-round in all of our parks and beaches.
Wildlife viewing is a perfect activity for any age. Today wildlife
viewing is recognized as one of the nation's fastest growing
activities. Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing
spots in New York City.
We offer birding programs throughout the year and our Exploration
series focuses on unique wildlife viewing opportunities during
particular seasons. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill
levels and beginners are welcome. To enhance your experience we
encourage you to bring binoculars and field guides, or ask a Ranger to
borrow a pair.
The fun begins at Pat's Lawn in Inwood Hill Park near W. 218th St. and
Indian Road. Live Music will be performed by the Bossy Frog Band and
interactive art projects with Skraptacular made possible by the Fort
Tryon Park Trust.
For more information contact Northern Manhattan Parks via email at
  or call the Urban Park Rangers at (212) 304-2365.
Save The Date!
Inwood Hill Park
Eleventh Annual Drums Along the Hudson: A Native American Festival
Sunday, May 19th
11:00 am until 6:00 pm
will take place on Sunday, May 19th, 2013 in Upper Manhattan's Inwood
Hill Park from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm, rain or shine. This event is
presented by Lotus Music & Dance in collaboration with the New York
City Department of Parks & Recreation, sponsored in part by the New
York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Councilman Robert Jackson
and WABC-TV.
A FREE, multi cultural family-oriented festival, DRUMS ALONG THE
HUDSON includes exhibitions of world dance and drumming traditions
with host Louis Mofsie and the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers,
Heyna Second Sons and Silver Cloud Drum Group, as well as Native
American crafts and international foods. The festival combines a
celebration of Native American heritage, culture, and art with the
diversity of New York City itself. In keeping with the underlying
theme of environmental appreciation and education, DRUMS ALONG THE
HUDSON will continue to feature an Environmental Tent which will
include appearances by Captain Planet, courtesy of the Captain Planet
This year, we will have a free bicycle valet for attendees who ride
their bike to the park.
To reach Inwood Hill Park, take the 1 train to 215th Street or the A
train to 207th Street. The Entrance to the park is at 218th Street and
Indian Road, four blocks west of Broadway.
By car, it is just north of the Dyckman Street exit off the Henry
Hudson Parkway.
For more information visit
  or call (212) 795-1388.
Northern Manhattan Parks would like to thank the close to 300
volunteers who came to Inwood Hill and Isham Parks for a successful
New York Cares Day! Many thanks to those that came out and removed 30
yards of storm debris from the interior of the park which was caused
by Superstorm Sandy and the Nor'easter last fall. In order to protect
the forest interior, the debris was transported out by hand to reduce
the equipment use on our narrow and heavily treed trails. Others
helped us with restoring over 10,000 square feet of Gaelic Field's
lawns, which were severely damaged by years of overuse and the salt
from storm surges. We also appreciate volunteers who helped clear
1,000 linear feet of drainage swales, which will now serve the park by
removing storm water and prevent erosion of slopes and natural areas.
New York Cares volunteers made a major investment in Inwood and Isham
Parks and facilitated ongoing and future upgrades that will be made by
NYC Parks. Special thanks to Manhattan Ultimate Disc for providing
additional funds for soil for Gaelic Fields.
Want to help Northern Manhattan Parks become even better? Join us at
these upcoming volunteer events....
Fort Tryon Park
*Help rejuvenate Fort Tryon Park with the New York Junior League *
Saturdays and Sundays
May 4th,5th,11th,18th and 19th
8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
This event is on Saturdays and Sundays until 5/19/2013, excluding
Mothers Day on May 12th.
Join the New York Junior League's Playground Improvement Project (PIP)
as they set out to beautify and improve Fort Tryon Park. The project
will involve gardening, landscaping, renovating, and making general
improvements to Fort Tryon Park. PIP is a collaborative effort with
NYC Parks, corporate and community volunteers, neighborhood citizens,
children and families. NYJL volunteers can fulfill membership
responsibilities by spending a day in the park.
Children age 13 or older are welcome to attend but must be accompanied
by an adult. All children under the age of 18 must have permission
slips signed by a parent or guardian to participate. Permission slips
are available onsite.
All registered participants will receive a t-shirt, breakfast and
boxed lunch.
Please wear clothes that you don't mind getting messy, closed-toed
shoes and dress in layers.
To register, visit the New York Junior League website
Location Details:
Meet at Anne Loftus Playground in Fort Tryon Park. Enter the park at
Dyckman Street and Broadway.
For more information email:
  or call 212-795-1388 or contact the Fort Tryon Park Trust at
*Celebrate the Dog Days of Spring at Sir William's Dog Run*
Saturday, May 11th
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
We will be weeding and spreading woodchip in the dog run.
For more information please call 212-795-1388 or email
Inwood Hill Park
*It's My Park Day!*
Homers Dog Run in Inwood Hill Park.
Saturday, May 4th
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Inwoof celebrates It's My Park Day! Come have fun and help the Run.
Enter the park at Isham Street and Seaman Avenue, the dog run is near
the flagpole.
In the news:
Last week the NY Times featured the High Bridge and its reconstruction
through Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC Project. Read the article
  and learn more.
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