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NYC Summer Streets Returns in August with a Water Park

By Teddy Grant | July 11, 2017 5:35pm
 Summer Streets lets pedestrians and cyclists enjoy 6.9 miles of Park Avenue without vehicle traffic.
Summer Streets lets pedestrians and cyclists enjoy 6.9 miles of Park Avenue without vehicle traffic.
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MANHATTAN — You'll be able to walk seven miles of car-free streets in New York City this summer while you take in activities like mini golf, zip lining and even a water park modeled after an LG dishwasher.

That's what the city's Department of Transportation is promising during its 10th annual “Summer Streets” event that takes place on three Saturdays in August.

The event, which is sponsored by Citi, runs along Park Avenue, Lafayette and Center streets, connecting Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge on Aug 5, Aug. 12 and Aug. 19 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., the DOT announced on Tuesday.

“In its decennial year, Summer Streets will allow us to once again give back some of our most important public space — our streets — to the public with car-free surroundings and rest stops that will be bigger and more entertaining than ever,” said Polly Trottenberg, DOT commissioner.

The highlight this year is the Central Park Rest Stop at 71st Street and Park Avenue, which will feature the LG QuadWash Water Park, a giant inflatable water park that will feature obstacle courses, water slides, and pools of water.

The designated streets will also be open to those interested in walking, running and cycling.

Citi Summer Streets 2017 is free and open to all ages. A map of the route can be found here