Spring Plantings Prepped Clement Clarke Moore Park for Picturesque Succeeding Season

Magician Arnie Kolodner (at left, in tell-tale top hat), captivates the crowd at Clement Clarke Moore Park. | Photo by Jeff Preston
Photo by Jeff Preston

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Spring spruce-up efforts at Clement Clarke Moore Park (W. 22nd St. & 10th Ave.) have bloomed, finding the beloved West Chelsea destination poised for another season in the sun, as soaked up by the park’s perennial summertime patrons.

The greening initiative was rooted in April 28’s Earth Day celebration. “We wanted to make it a fun, community-building event in the park,” noted Jeff Preston, whose hand in organizing the day dedicated to new plantings included booking the return of magician Arnie Kolodner, “who we have used for some past similar events. Arnie did a great show which was age-appropriate for the 30 kids in attendance, ages 4-10 years old.” Illusions, including the levitation of a participant plucked from the crowd, secured Kolodner’s reputation for casting that most rare of spells: “The kids were laughing and engaged during the entire 45-minute show,” crowed Preston.

In the days and weeks after CCM Park’s Earth Day celebration, that event’s co-organizer, Allen Oster, turned his attention to plants going into the Kid’s Garden, a patch of park space dedicated to greening the thumbs of the juice box set. Oster, along with local residents and his fellow members of the Clement Clarke Moore/Seal Park Garden Club, said they “added more plants to the Kid’s Garden and in the tree beds around the perimeter.” Much of the raw material, noted Oster, comes from the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. Take a tour of the end results, via the below photos courtesy of Allen Oster.


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