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Riverhook Celebrates New ‘Natural Playground’ in Upper Nyack

Our latest photo essay from River Hook, Upper Nyack’s newest public recreation space, which now includes a “natural” playground.

River Hook, Upper Nyack’s newest public recreation space, now includes a a “natural” playground. On the last weekend of April, in celebration of Arbor Day, friends, volunteers, and other stakeholders unveiled a new play space made up of fallen, inter-connected trees that form a jungle gym in a sea of wood chips. It is surrounded by benches, a small play (“Ice House”) house and a canopied area for shade that includes a sitting edge.

Upper Nyack Mayor Karen Tarapat giving welcoming speech on Arbor Day in the newly finished “natural playground.” (Photo by Andrea Swenson)

After a short dedication ceremony for the new play area backdropped by climbing Cub Scouts and a memorial tree planting for Jannene Cason, there was a program in front of the carriage house featuring a poetry reading by Anupama Amaran, a cello performance by Jody Redhage Ferber, and a reinstallation of Lisa Levart’s “Still Here: Women of the Ramapough Lenape Nation.”

Fortunately, our photographer and unabashed tree hugger Andrea Swenson was on hand to take in all the natural splendor and fun for this week’s Photo Shoot. Scroll down for photos and details, as well as a comprehensive slideshow at the end.

Cub Scouts broke in the new playground equipment at River Hook. (Phot by Andrea Swenson)
Lisa Levart, with her work from “Still Here: Women of the Ramapough Lenape Nation.” (Photo by Andrea Swenson)
Poet A. Anupama reciting her poem written for the occasion. (Photo by Andrea Swenson)
Ray Wright, Founder’s Circle level donor for Friends of River Hook (left) and Alison Crowther, Upper Nyack Village Trustee and Founder’s Circle level donor for Friends of River Hook (right). (Photo by Andrea Swenson)

See more of Andrea’s recent Photo Shoots here and find even more of her outstanding work on Instagram.




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