Celebration of the Extra Car-Free Hour in Central Park

Please join Transportation Alternatives and Upper Green Side as they celebrate the inauguration of the extra morning car-free hour in Central Park. They’ll revel in the new car-free time and renewing the call for a loop road that is totally free of traffic. They’ll have car-free Central Park signs to wave and possibly a few donuts. Reports are that joining the early morning quest for a car-free park will be an adorable Vizla Hungarian hunting dog.

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