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Conservancy Summer Associates: Part 1


Do you love the Conservancy’s 500+ free programs each summer? We’d have a hard time running them without our 12 Summer Associates! Learn about 6 of them below, stay tuned for a second post featuring our final 6 Associates.

The Conservancy’s 12 Summer Associates

Maria Morris

What’s your favorite thing about Brooklyn Bridge Park?
From the minute you enter the park, it has such a relaxed atmosphere. It is removed from the city, but you can still look at the beautiful vistas from your own peaceful place, like the Granite Prospect.

What is your favorite Conservancy program?
All of the programs are super fun! I really like the Pilates With The Fitness Guru class, especially because it takes place at Empire Fulton Ferry, which is such a nice part of the park that I get to don’t spend enough time in!

What is your finest memory?
I love Thursday movie nights because it means most of the staff is on deck, and it’s great to work with everyone! I think some of my favorite times have been after we’re done setting up but have some down time before the movie starts. We all sit in camp chairs at the top of the Harbor View Lawn and get to hang out together as the sun goes down across the river.

Eliza Geeslin

What’s your favorite thing about Brooklyn Bridge Park?
My favorite thing about the park is the current Jeppe Hein: Please Touch the Art exhibit! I love the idea of having art that is meant to be interactive. I think that museum art can get boring because you’re not allowed to touch it, and this art is meant to be climbed on or run through.

What’s your favorite Conservancy program?
I love the Sunrise Yoga classes. I have to get up early to set up for them, but I love waking up Monday morning and doing yoga outside, on a pier, with a beautiful view of the harbor and Manhattan skyline. It sets a good vibe for the whole week.

What’s your finest memory?
My finest memory at Brooklyn Bridge Park was finally giving proper directions to a park guest for the first time. It was such a small thing, but it made me feel like I had finally figured out where everything was and that I was finally doing my job right!

Maria Gomez Mercedes

What’s your favorite thing about Brooklyn Bridge Park?
My favorite thing about Brooklyn Bridge Park is the diversity of the park. There are so many things to do for people of all ages. I love to see the basketball games on Pier 2 because people that have just met become friends by starting impromptu games. There’s also the various activities like Pier Kids and playgrounds like the Water Lab for children to enjoy.

What’s your favorite Conservancy program?
My favorite Conservancy program is Hip Hop Dance Aerobics. The instructor is so engaged and looks like she’s having so much fun. The first time the class was held was amazing, all the participants stayed and talked with the instructor and Summer Associates about how much fun they had. It was such a fantastic class.

What’s your finest memory?
My favorite memory at Brooklyn Bridge Park was watching the Met Opera performance on Harbor View Lawn. The atmosphere was enchanting, the performers were amazing, and it made me want to go and watch more of their performances.

Hip Hop Dance Aerobics©Alexa Hoyer

Adrianna Valentin

What’s your favorite thing about Brooklyn Bridge Park?
My favorite part of the park is how much it is always growing. There is so much of the park to love already, it’s hard to believe that there is still more to come!

What’s your favorite Conservancy program?
I love so many of the Conservancy programs but if I had to choose it would be Kayaking and Zumba. I think it is amazing that they are all free, but I especially love the people who show up and their excitement! People of all ages, from all backgrounds take advantage of these great opportunities and they all have so much fun. When I helped set up for Zumba I loved dancing along by the tent. It really made my day.

What’s your finest memory?
My finest memory is when I took my friends and family to the park to enjoy the fireworks on Fourth of July. They were really in awe of this beautiful park and the amazing view it has of the city skyline. I felt so proud because part of me considers this park as my own. I sometimes catch myself still in awe of all the beauty Brooklyn Bridge Park possesses.

Jeannely Lopez

What’s your favorite thing about Brooklyn Bridge Park?
My favorite thing about Brooklyn Bridge Park would have to be the design. To know that it was transformed from an old cargo shipping site to one of the most beautiful parks I’ve ever been to is incredible. Walking from one end to the other and taking in every aspect of its design, from the sweeping paths to the diverse ecology, easily makes it my favorite thing about Brooklyn Bridge Park.

What’s your favorite Conservancy program?
My favorite Conservancy program changes weekly, but if I had to choose one it would be Zumba. Each week the energy in this program is palpable and it is nearly impossible to not dance along with the 70+ people who come out every week. The instructor, Alma, is so nice and makes working out look fun for everyone (no wonder she has a following!).

What’s your finest memory?
My finest memory at the park was actually on my first day with Adrianna and Shellita, two other Summer Associates. We were working the first day of public kayaking and it looked like it was going to rain. All of us grabbed rain jackets, just in case. Only when we finally set up the tent and table did I realize how much Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy swag I had on. I was wearing a Conservancy hat, rain jacket, and staff shirt, along with my ID and Conservancy lanyard, navy blue pants, and the walkie talkie clipped to my belt. I looked like everyone’s supervisor or a rookie who got really excited on the first day of work. I took photos, of course, because I looked fabulous either way :) It’s the small (and funny) moments that make the finest memories for me.

Zumba ©Alexa Hoyer

Darby McGlone

What’s your favorite thing about Brooklyn Bridge Park?
I’d have to say my favorite thing about the Park is its commitment to sustainable development. Many of the piers, especially Pier 1, rely heavily on the reuse of materials, be it excavated land from Grand Central, recycled stormwater, or the Longleaf Yellow Pine that was salvaged from the original piers’ storage facilities. Many of the park’s features exemplify the park’s understanding of its responsibility to conserve our world’s natural resources.

What’s your favorite Conservancy program?
The youth kayaking program, Kayak Camp, has got to be my favorite. As I am one of the instructors, this is perhaps a bit bias, but watching some of these kids get on a boat for the first time and physically interact with a real-life body of water has been very rewarding.

What’s your finest memory?
One of the finest memories I’ve had here was waking up on a Monday morning and trying out Sunrise Yoga for the first time. Though I’m no yogini, it was a wonderful experience, and I felt pretty accomplished with myself before heading to work for the day.

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