Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Fwd: The best things to do in the Park!

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Great Jazz on the Great Hill
Great Jazz on the Great Hill
Join us for an afternoon of live music, swing dancing, and delicious food at the ninth annual Great Jazz on the Great Hill. This year's festival celebrates Central Park Conservancy's 35th Anniversary and features an all-new lineup playing jazz, swing, and blues. Food is available for purchase on-site, or bring your own picnic. Copresented with Jazzmobile. Free; open to all ages. Tickets are not required. RSVP to let us know you're coming! Family activities take place all day.

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Wild West Playground
Wild West Playground is ready for playtime!
Wild West Playground has re-opened after a year-long reconstruction by Central Park Conservancy. Located at the West 93rd Street entrance to the Park, this western-themed playground features wooden play structures that resemble a frontier town. 

The project modernized the playground's infrastructure, improved accessibility for visitors with disabilities, and created two separate play spaces for children ages 2-5 years old and 5-12 years old. The new central water feature connects the two play areas and is perfect for children of all ages looking to cool off during a hot summer day!

The reconstruction of Wild West Playground is part of Central Park Conservancy's Plan for Play, the Conservancy's first comprehensive plan created to guide the reconstruction and enhancement of each of Central Park's 21 playgrounds.

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Team Central Park
Claim your spot in JackRabbit's Marathon Training Program!
Central Park Conservancy and JackRabbit have partnered up to offer Team Central Park members free spots in JackRabbit's dynamic 2015 TCS New York City Marathon Training Program. Register for Central Park Conservancy's Team Central Park today to claim your free spot in the marathon training program and guarantee your entry for the 2015 TCS NYC Marathon.

JackRabbit's marathon training program focuses on accurate pacing, increased endurance, distance running strategies, nutrition, and more. Classes begin this week and are held on Tuesdays at 6:45 pm and Saturdays at 7:30 am. Spots are limited, so contact Lily Stellmann today at or 212.446.2243 to sign up.

The marathon training program for Team Central Park members
is generously provided by our partner:
Jack Rabbit
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What's summer without a picnic in Central Park?
Tell us your favorite Central Park picnic and we'll tell you where you should plan to meet your friends. As an added bonus, you'll be entered to win a delicious picnic basket from the JW Marriott Essex House!

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Ramble Tour The Ramble Tour
Saturday July 18: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Thursday July 23: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Sunday August 2: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The Ramble has burst to life with our recent summer weather. Meander along winding paths and discover hidden forest gardens. Join us for a tour of this serene 36-acre woodland, led by Central Park Conservancy guides. Highlights of this tour include the Lake, Bow Bridge, Ramble Arch, Oak Bridge, the Gill, and Azalea Pond. Tickets $15 (Members $10).
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Drawing Class Drawing Class with Jessica Daryl Winer
Saturday, August 1: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Learn how to capture the beauty of the Park on paper in this drawing class, led by artist Jessica Daryl Winer. Attendees should bring a large sketchpad and pencil. No drawing experience is necessary. Members only. Free; pre-registration required.
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Evening Stroll An Evening Stroll in Central Park
Every Thursday through August 13:
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us after work for An Evening Stroll in Central Park. Conservancy guides will lead you on a casual walk from the southeast corner of the Park to Bethesda Terrace. Learn about the Zoo, the Arsenal, Balto, the Mall, Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, and the Lake along the way on this tour designed for New York summer evenings. Free; open to all ages.
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To learn more about all upcoming events, visit our Events page

Alice in Wonderland Alice in Wonderland
Alice and her cast of storybook friends found their way to Central Park in 1959, when philanthropist George Delacorte commissioned this bronze statue as a gift to the children of New York City. Inspired by the zany characters of the Lewis Carroll classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the sculpture was also meant as a tribute to his late wife, Margarita, who read Alice to their children. Engraved around the statue are lines from his nonsensical poem, The Jabberwocky. Read more about this wonderful Park feature here.
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