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Central Park Celebrates Outdoors With "Adventures NYC" Event

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It was a day to get your feet wet, literally, and then maybe dry off as you scale a rock wall of a 40-foot log.

Those are just a couple of the things that thousands tried Saturday at Adventures NYC, hosted by the New York City Parks Department and Backpacker Magazine.

The goal of the event is to get people out from in front of the TV and outside to experience something they might never do otherwise.

"Our mission is really, get people to be active, to be fit, to do sports, do adventure," said Bob Garafola, deputy commissioner of the New York City Parks Department. "And when you go around and you see it, there's every one of those things out here."

The event has been going on for nine years now, and it gets bigger every year.

The newest exhibit, the Steel Timber Sports Series, gives the public a chance to try their hand at logging events like sawing, climbing and balancing on a log while in water.

"We're going to let the folks from New York try it out and see if they can be lumberjacks for a weekend," said one person at the event.

Even if standing on a paddle board in the middle of a pool isn't exactly your thing, even if the water is only three feet deep, there were plenty of less adventurous things to do.

"This is the perfect platform for someone like that, that's just starting to get their feet wet in outdoor activities, because it's a controlled, it's a safe environment, and it's free. It doesn't cost any money" said Sheri Propster, an ambassador for Backpacker Magazine.

The other benefit of Adventures NYC being free is that it makes for a perfect outing for the family, especially on a hot day.

"It's awesome," said one person at the event. "You get to go in the water, splash around a little bit. It's great. Fun for the kids."

It's fun for everyone else, too.

The event ended Saturday afternoon, but the Parks Department is encouraging folks to build on what they experienced and keep the active lifestyle going.

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