Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hurricane Sandy - All Parks, Playgrounds & Beaches Close Today At 5 p.m.

Central Park 4:34pm -  Engineers' Gate entrance - Fifth Avenue and 90th Street.  (Photos: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates) Click on images to enlarge.

 Park users stream in despite the posted signs.

Ruppert Playground -  4:47 pm. E. 90th Street & 2nd Avenue. The Parks Department began locking up playgrounds throughout the city this afternoon in preparation of Hurricane Sandy.

FEMA money is also being used for park enforcement to pay for overtime.  

The Parks Department issued the following alert.

Important Parks Service Information Regarding Hurricane Sandy
In preparation for Hurricane Sandy, the Parks Department will close all parks, playgrounds and beaches at 5 p.m.on Sunday, October 28, 2012. All events are cancelled after 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 28, 2012. Surfing is prohibited at all beaches throughout the course of the storm. These facilities are closed until further notice. For more information on the hurricane and ways to be prepared, please visit

We urge people to stay out of parks and proceed with caution on tree-lined sidewalks in the event of falling trees or branches. To report downed trees or branches, please call 311. In case of emergency, please call 911.
The following facilities are closed as of 5 p.m. Sunday, October 28. This information will be updated as it is available:
  • All City Parks
  • All City Playgrounds
  • All City Beaches - Surfing is prohibited at all beaches throughout the course of the storm.
  • All Recreation Centers
  • All Nature Centers in parks
  • Greenmarkets, citywide
All events are cancelled after 2 p.m. Sunday, October 28.

 A man surfs at Rockaway Beach in Queens, New York, as Hurricane Sandy approaches on Sunday. Sandy is heading up the East Coast and is forecast to make a possible first landfall near the Delaware coast.

A man surfs at Rockaway Beach in Queens.  City officials tried to get people out of the closed beaches  and waters today as Hurricane Sandy approached on Sunday.

Wildlife deserted Orchard Beach in the Bronx, but people went to take a look.

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