2007-07-20 / Community

Special Events At Riis Park To Commemorate Anniversary

The National Park Service will be hosting several events on July 22, 2007 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Jacob Riis Park. The events of the day are being presented by the New York City Transit Museum as part of the joint celebration of Riis Park's 75th Anniversary and the 70th Anniversary of the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge.

The day will begin with a historic train ride from Columbus Circle to the Beach 116 Street station in Rockaway Park, on vintage "R 1/9 subway cars." The train will depart Columbus Circle in Manhattan at 2 p.m. and the admission fee is $30 for non-members of the Transit Museum, $25 for members, and $10 for children ages 3 to 17. Reservations and advance payment are required. Contact the NYC Transit Museum for reservations and more information.

In addition, Peninsula General Hospital will sponsor a health fair featuring information on beach safety and public health at the Bay 5 First Aid station, from noon to 3 p.m. Free blood pressure screening will be provided.

There will also be a walking tour of Jacob Riis Park. The group will meet at 2 p.m. at the Bay 9 flagpole. This ranger-guided tour will focus on Riis Park's history, and its importance to recreation in New York City.

The day will be capped off with a Big Band dance party to be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the Bay 9 boardwalk in Riis Park. This show will serve as the climax for a full day of events celebrating Jacob Riis Park's 75th Anniversary and the 70th anniversary of the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge.

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