Besides Pelham Bay Park winning the title of “Best Overall for Large Parks” I am sure our Bronx youth did great at the City Park foundation track and field events recently held on Randall’s Island. Please enjoy the photos of our Bronx youth and information about the 10th Annual City Parks Foundation in the below press release.
City Parks foundation hosts 2011 track & field citywide championships
Bronx Kids Competed in the Summer’s Largest Track & Field Sports Games at Icahn Stadium
On August 17, 2011, City Parks Foundation held its 10th Annual CityParks Track & Field Citywide Championships, bringing over 2,000 New York City youth to the world-class Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island for a day of healthy competition in a wide range of track & field events. The track & field meet gave all participants of CityParks Track & Field program, which provided free lessons in parks across the city this summer, an opportunity to experience the exhilarating spirit of the Olympics, close to home. Children from Pelham Bay Park and Macombs Dam Park in the Bronx participated in the day’s activities.
Teams of kids, ages five to 16, from the 13 CityParks Track & Field sites across the city competed in various events throughout the day, including Javelin, Discus, Shot Put, Triple Jump, Long Jump, 400 Meter Run, 55 Meter Hurdles, 4x100 Meter Relay, and 100 Meter Dash. The meet also included events for children with special needs including a 100 Meter Dash that included children in wheelchairs, a Giant Shuttle Relay Race and 55 Meter Dash for Peewees, ages five to seven. Championship medals at Peewee, Beginner, and Intermediate levels were awarded to first and second place winners. In addition, Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx won the title of “Best Overall for Large Parks” and Kaiser Park in Brooklyn received “Best Overall for Small Parks.”
CityParks Track & Field offers free track & field instruction for boys and girls, ages five to 16, with lessons held twice a week from July through August in parks citywide. City Parks Foundation’s Sports & Fitness Programs, sponsored by North Shore-LIJ, offer free expert instruction to over 15,000 New York youth and seniors at over 60 locations citywide.
City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. We work in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports, and education programs, and empowering citizens to support their parks on a local level. Our programs and community building initiatives reach more than 600,000 people each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City. More information on all of CPF’s programs can be found at www.CityParksFoundation.org.