Union Square springs to life with blooms and Earth Day celebrations

Union Square springs
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As the calendar flips to April, Union Square awakens to the vibrant sights and sounds of spring. The iconic magnolias are blooming, adding splashes of color to the park’s landscape, and the extended daylight hours beckon visitors to revel in the warmer weather. Union Square Partnership’s Clean Team and Operations Team are hard at work, ensuring the district is primed for the season ahead.

One of the most exciting announcements is the extension of park hours. Starting April 1, Union Square Park will be accessible from 6 a.m. to 9 PM on weekdays, with slightly adjusted hours on weekends—7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. This extension provides ample opportunities for locals and visitors alike to soak up the springtime ambiance.

For those eager to enjoy lunch alfresco, the return of the lime green bistro tables is eagerly anticipated. Scheduled to make their comeback in mid-April, these tables will adorn public areas such as the Center Lawn, Broadway Plaza, Union Square Park, and Triangle Plaza. Open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., these outdoor dining spots offer a delightful way to savor the season’s flavors.

The park’s beauty will be further enhanced by the blossoming daffodils planted by Target’s team last November, promising a picturesque sight in the coming weeks. Additionally, Union Square’s 100+ planters will receive a seasonal refresh, courtesy of dedicated landscaping partners. From bluebells to roses, these planters will showcase an array of vibrant blooms, complemented by fresh mulch and meticulously pruned shrubs.

As part of its spring rejuvenation efforts, the Union Square Partnership Clean Team is giving the district a facelift, with facilities and resources receiving a fresh coat of paint. Mailboxes, fire hydrants, lampposts, and other street features will gleam with renewed vibrancy, while the pavement undergoes a thorough cleaning to ensure a pristine environment for all.

Amidst the seasonal festivities, Union Square remains committed to its legacy of environmental advocacy. On April 14, the Earth Day Initiative will host its Earth Day Festival in Union Square Park, featuring exhibits, workshops, performances, and sustainable foods. Additionally, the NYC Department of Transportation will transform select Manhattan streets into car-free zones, inviting pedestrians, cyclists, and small businesses to celebrate Earth Day in style.

As spring unfolds in Union Square, residents and visitors are invited to embrace the season’s offerings, from colorful blooms to eco-conscious celebrations, promising a rejuvenating experience for all who venture into this bustling district.

For more information, visit unionsquarennyc.org

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