Friends of Hudson River Park Playground Committee held its first annual Backyard BBQ on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Chelsea Lawn Bowl & Pier 62. Over 500 people attended this outdoor event overlooking the Hudson River with food, open bar, live music, entertainment, activities for children that provided much-needed family time both for parents and kids. Weather was perfect for kids to run around on the lawn while adults enjoyed food, drinks and live music playing classic tunes like ”You Sexy Thing” by Hot Chocolate . How often do you get to bring your kids to a charity event?
Friends of Hudson River Park Playground Committee, a first of its kind, is a group of parents working to promote and support the very Park their children enjoy every day. Members work to gather support from local community and raise funds for play areas maintenance, sports, environmental education programs, events and more.
Kids could enjoy activities from dropping a line with Big City Fishing, stopping by for face painting by Melinda's Children's Party, enjoying kids activities with Curated Care, having a ball with Super Soccer Stars, to popping in for colorful fun with Bubble Dad. There was fun for everyone!
Adults enjoyed an open bar and food watching the sunset over the majestic Hudson River while a passing-by steam boat sprayed water into the air creating a floating water foundation.
Proceeds from the event support the Park’s ongoing free recreational and educational programming for families and children, ensuring a fun and enriching experience for all throughout the Park’s many offerings. By raising awareness and advocating for the Park, the Playground Committee provides families with young children with a new way to become involved.
Hudson River Park extends from Chambers Street to 59th Street along Manhattan’s west side. The Park receives no government funds for its operation, maintenance and programming, which are instead supported by limited revenues generated from within the Park and private donations. However, its development has transformed four miles of decaying piers and parking lots into a premier New York City destination for local residents and visitors. Making a gift to the Park’s Playground Committee ensures our children have a fun and safe experience at the Park.
For more info, please see https://www.hudsonriverpark.org
Editor in Chief: Christine Lee Contributing Location Writer: Mitchell Acks Photos by: Christine Lee