Arch Will be Lit Green Evenings Through end of June
New York City landmarks and iconic structures, including the Washington Square Arch, Empire State Building and Coney Island Parachute Jump, will “go green” tonight Thursday, May 21st to honor the city’s Parks Department staff who have worked so hard during the Coronavirus pandemic. The park’s monument and the others will light up in green around 8:12 p.m. Parks Department entities, in addition to the Arch, include Central Park Arsenal and Ranaqua Park in the Bronx; all three will remain lit up in green until the end of June.
At sunset on Thursday, May 21, the Empire State Building, Central Park Arsenal, Washington Square Park Arch, Coney Island’s Parachute Jump, and the Bronx’s Ranaqua Park will “go green” to honor parks workers, who have been part of the city’s essential workforce during the current COVID crisis. #GoingGreenForParkies “is the ultimate acknowledgment and thank you for all their hard work,” which has kept public parks well-maintained “in support of the mental and physical health of all visitors,” according to a press release. …
Fourteen percent of NYC’s land is occupied by parks, and the Parks Department maintains these 30,000 acres of land. During the current pandemic, in addition to regular tasks, Parks employees have been helping to hand out face masks, set up field hospitals, distribute food, and educate the public about social distancing.
“More than ever, city parks and greenspaces have proven to be critical infrastructure, places of refuge, and park workers have been on the frontlines keeping these sanctuaries of sanity open here in New York, across the country and around the world,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver.
– via 6sqft
Previously at Washington Square Park Blog:
Top Photo (2016 Climate March, Empire State Building): Arturo Pardavilla III
Bottom photo: Jason Sherwood Design/ Brian Tovar