Washington Square Arch, Other City, Park Landmarks Will be Lit Green Tonight to Honor NYC Parks Workers

Empire State Building Will Also Go Green

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

Pride 2019

Previously at Washington Square Park Blog:

Washington Square Arch in PRIDE colors This Weekend Starting Tonight, June 28 & Saturday, June 29 June 28, 2019

Images of Martin Luther King Jr. Projected on Washington Square Arch for 50th Anniversary of His Death April 3, 2018

Washington Square Arch, Modeled After Arc de Triomphe, Will Shine French Flag Colors Again Tonight November 15, 2015

Top Photo (2016 Climate March, Empire State Building): Arturo Pardavilla III

Bottom photo: Jason Sherwood Design/ Brian Tovar

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