As the sun works its way to melt the two feet of snow that fell on Fort Greene Park last weekend, we wanted to take a moment to relive the wonder of the snow and community. With the chatter of an impending and possible record-breaking winter storm on our radar, the staff at Fort Greene Park prepared for the snow and the sledders to follow suit. Neither failed to disappoint. Hundreds of people came out to the Park over the weekend and took advantage of the slopes created tens and thousands of years ago from the retreat of the Wisconsin ice sheet. People went to all corners of the Park bringing, not only wooden and plastic sleds, but snowboards, surf boards, snowshoes, and a variety of homemade contraptions.
On Sunday, we opened the Visitor Center and informally inaugurated the hearth of the Fort Putnam Program Area redoubt with a fire and people gathered to warm their hands and feet. The fire continued as the sun set on a beautiful day of snow-filled fun—evident by the many remnants of plastic we found the next day. A big shout out to NYC Parks crew and our Thursday volunteer group for shoveling snow for the safety of our park patrons. And thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the weekend!
Missed us at the redoubt this weekend? Here are the upcoming events at the Fort Putnam Program Area.
Saturday, February 20 // 10AM to 3PM
COLONIAL DAY AT THE FORT PUTNAM REDOUBT
Celebrate George Washington's birthday and travel back 240 years in time. Join us for a day of colonial cooking: bread making, apple cobbler baking, spit cooking, and Dutch oven cooking; colonial games; re-enactments; and visit a Revolutionary War officer's tent or take a picture on an 18th century wagon!
Saturday February 27 // 1PM to 2:30PM
NATURAL FIBER WORKSHOP
Have you ever admired the color of your produce? Learn how to extract fiber and dyes from plants and try your hand at trying and waving using cordage made from plant fiber. Sit around the redoubt with the Urban Park Rangers.
Please note: Participants for the Natural Fiber Workshop will be chosen by lottery. To enter your name, visit www.nycgovparks.org/programs/rangers/registration on Thursday February 11th.