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Brooklyn Day At Canarsie Park

BROOKLYN, NY, May 29, 2015: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams recently announced that he will hold a celebration of the 115th Brooklyn Day in Canarsie Park on Thursday, June 4th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The holiday was first created by the New York State Legislature in 1902, originally connected to Rally Day parades held by Sunday Schools in Brooklyn dating back to 1829; it is now celebrated citywide as Chancellor’s Day with the closure of all New York City public schools, making the event a prime opportunity to serve the community and provide free outdoor activities on the students’ day off. Borough President Adams spoke about the importance of encouraging physical fitness and healthy play for young people, particularly as families prepare for the summer season.

“Brooklyn Day is the best day to celebrate our scenic open space and all the fun physical activities we can share there!” said Borough President Adams. “My office is using Brooklyn Day as an opportunity to further our fight for the mental, physical, and social wellness of our youth. I encourage families to bring their children to beautiful Canarsie Park and take part in the sports and fitness fun we have planned.”

Activities on Brooklyn Day will include: hourly gymnastics demonstrations and basic instruction from Aviator Sports & Events Center; live youth team demonstrations from the American Cricket League and West Indian Legends Cricket; basic basketball fundamental practices, drills, contests, and games from the Brooklyn Nets; instructional baseball from the Brooklyn Cyclones; motivational outdoor fitness from the Hebrew Educational Society Bootcamp; a slap shot booth and prize wheel from the New York Islanders; a rock climbing wall from the New York City Police Department (NYPD); an obstacle course, relay races, and parachute games from the New York Road Runners Club; functional exercise, flexibility training, and injury prevention clinics from Prime Physique Physical Therapy; introductory skateboarding clinics and an open skate jam from SKATEYOGI and Skate Brooklyn; and mobile recreation vans from the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

Borough President Adams is holding his celebration of Brooklyn Day in partnership with State Senator John Sampson, Assembly Member Roxanne Persaud, and Council Member Alan Maisel. The sponsors of this event are Investors Bank, Panera Bread, Target, and Shop Rite. Additional partners include the American Cricket League, Aviator Sports & Events Center, Brooklyn Community Board 18, Brooklyn Cyclones, Brooklyn Nets, East New York Restoration Local Development Corporation, Fire Department City of New York (FDNY), Hebrew Education Society, Jones Innovation Group, New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA), New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, New York Islanders, NYPD, New York Road Runners, Millennium Development, Prime Physique Physical Therapy, Royal Knights Marching Band, SKATEYOGI, Skate Brooklyn, and West Indian Legends Cricket.

“Welcome to Canarsie,” said Assembly Member Roxanne Persaud. “I look forward to seeing children from around Brooklyn enjoying the many activities that the Brooklyn Day event will offer. Thank you to Borough President Eric Adams for selecting the Canarsie Park for this year’s event.”

“This marks a special day in the long rich history of the Canarsie community and Community Board 18,” said Dorothy Turano, district manager of Brooklyn Community Board 18. “Our thanks to Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams for celebrating Brooklyn Day in Canarsie Park, a fitting place to commemorate ‘The Borough of Kings’.”

“The 69th Precinct Community Council strives to improve public safety, quality of life and police-community relations,” said Gardy Brazela, president of the 69th Precinct Community Council. “We celebrate Brooklyn Day with the children and families of Canarsie.”

“Aviator Sports and Events Center is excited to be the family fun destination in New York City that promotes healthy living and an active lifestyle,” said Katrina Doell, director of marketing for Aviator Sports & Events Center. “From our team to yours, thank you to all the families and supporters that will make this such a wonderful event.”

“We applaud Borough President Eric Adams for establishing this Brooklyn Day event,” said Steve Cohen, vice president of the Brooklyn Cyclones. “The Brooklyn Cyclones look forward to participating with all of the other great organizations in bringing a day of fun to the families of Brooklyn.”

“I’d like to thank the Brooklyn Borough President for inviting us to participate in Brooklyn Day for the second year in a row,” said Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. “It is a priority for the Nets and Barclays Center to promote the importance of leading healthy, active lifestyles. We are proud to be in Brooklyn, and are committed to being a positive influence throughout the borough.”

“East New York Restoration Local Development Corporation is proud to be a community partner in Borough President Adams’ Brooklyn Day!” said Melinda Perkins, executive director of the East New York Restoration Local Development Corporation. “We will continue to focus on the complete economic and cultural empowerment of the East New York community; because East New York is Brooklyn too!

“The New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) is honored to participate in Brooklyn Day ‎and will work to connect Brooklyn residents and small businesses with information about affordable health coverage and care options,” said Marjorie Cadogan, Executive Deputy Commissioner of HRA’s Office of Citywide Health Insurance Access.

“The Islanders are happy to be participating in Brooklyn Day for the 2nd consecutive year,” said Ann Rina, community relations manager for the New York Islanders. “The Islanders are excited to be playing at Barclays Center in Brooklyn this upcoming season and we strive to get as many children throughout the area to try and learn about the game of hockey.”

“It’s a great day for Brooklyn and all of NYC when many hundreds of kids and families play in one of the city’s most magnificent parks,” said Cliff Sperber, vice president of youth and community services of the New York Road Runners. “New York Road Runners is honored to help fill Canarsie Park with activities that promote health and wellness through movement.”

“It is with great honor that Prime Physique Physical Therapy take part in the 115th anniversary of Brooklyn Day,” said Dr. Karen Thernelan of Prime Physique Physical Therapy. “We are here to serve the community and what better way to learn about physical therapy, fitness, and injury prevention, all while having fun outdoors with family and friends. Join us and other partners to learn how to live well and move strong, with a ‘Prime Mind, Body, and Health!’”

“To celebrate Brooklyn is a celebration of our youth,” said Sheryl Boyce, scheduler for the Royal Knights Marching Band. “Brooklyn’s youth of today are tomorrow’s leaders.”

“SKATEYOGI and Skate Brooklyn are proud to partner with the Brooklyn Borough President’s office for this event to spread the joy of skateboarding to Brooklynites, young and old,” said Kevin Banahan of SKATEYOGI. “Skateboarding has something to offer for everyone. It’s a great workout, a physical form of creative expression and a fun way to get around Brooklyn!”

Select activities will require participants under the age of 18 to have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian; waivers will be provided by the relevant organization.