They’re! The Riverside Park Conservancy Celebrates the Return of the Goats on July 14th




Image via Green Goats Farm

After a one-year hiatus, Riverside Park Conservancy announced that their best interns will come back to the Park this summer.. 24 Goats arrived on July 14, 2021 at 11am on Riverside Drive at 120th Street for the ceremonial “Running of the Goats“, with 5 goats planning to stay through the summer in Riverside Park. Get to know the summer resident 5 goats, and at the end of the summer, be prepared to Vote for the Goat you love the most!

Class of 2019, Skittles the Goat, headed back to Rhinebeck

“You’ve seen Cats, now see Goats,” said Dan Garodnick, President & CEO of Riverside Park Conservancy. “We’re thrilled to see the Riverside Park goats light up Broadway in celebration of their big arrival.”

The announcement took place at Times Square, 47th Street and Broadway on Thursday, April 22nd. In attendance were Dan Garodnick, President, Riverside Park Conservancy, Mark Levine, City Council Member, Larry and Ann Cihanek, Owner of Green Goats Farm and Goat Fans!

Image courtesy Riverside Park Conservancy

The Conservancy has opted to bring goats to the Park as part of its ongoing work to rehabilitate a woodland habitat in the area between 120thand 122nd Streets just off Riverside Drive.  Goats are an eco-friendly and highly popular way to remove invasive plants.

Green Goats will also be ‘working’ in Hempstead, NY this summer ~ hired to feast on overgrowth including poison ivy!

‘Running of the Goats’ in Riverside Park 2019. Images courtesy Riverside Park Conservancy

Did you know that visiting the Conservancy’s goats was called New York’s “best first date spot” in 2019. The goats are expected to stay from July 14 through the summer.

Also in the park this summer, Riverside Park Conservancy will unveil the art installation, Re:Growth, a summer-long outdoor art exhibition beginning June 5.

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