Hoof On Over To Riverside Park For The 2nd Annual “Goatham” Summer


If nature is therapeutic, the goats in Riverside Park have returned to verify it doesn’t go too far.

The Riverside Park Conservancy has introduced again a herd of goats for a second spherical of “Goatham,” the place about two dozen of the hoofed helpers will devour the poison ivy within the hilly fenced-in space stretching alongside Riverside Drive from 119th to a hundred and twenty fifth Avenue.

The park kicked off Goatham on Wednesday with a ceremonial “Operating of the Goats” with the animals traipsing down stairs whereas spectators watched from behind picket obstacles.

People and media look at the goats in the park; the tall trees in the park are green


A media scrum for the goats

Courtesy of Riverside Park Conservancy

After comparable packages in Prospect Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park had been profitable, Riverside Park officers introduced in two dozen goats in 2019 to deal with poison ivy in sections the place mowers and gardeners couldn’t entry.

“The goats, who’ve all retired from former careers, are from an area farm,” the Riverside Park Conservancy stated on its web site. “They’ve taken up residency for the summer season on sloped terrain that’s rife with invasive crops. Since goats are naturally efficient weed whackers, placing than to work in Goatham is like treating them to an all-you-can-eat buffet. It’s hearty for the goats and good for the setting.”

Final yr, this system was suspended due to the pandemic. The goats’ return this yr was heralded by a large Occasions Sq. billboard in April.

“You’ve seen Cats, now come see our Goats,” stated Dan Garodnick, President & CEO of Riverside Park Conservancy, in a press release. “It’s becoming that the insanely in style Riverside Park goats would gentle up Broadway in celebration of their large arrival.”

“Just like the annual reemergence of the Swallows in Capistrano, Manhattan now has its very personal conventional migration legend – the return of our beloved goats to Riverside Park,” stated Council Member Mark Levine.

A goat gnawing on some weeds


Hooray, goat!

Courtesy of Riverside Park Conservancy

In a nod to our present political panorama, the goats shall be vying once more for the title of G.O.A.T. in a brand new “Fabulous 5” ranked-choice system that organizers stated will proceed “with none confusion or controversy,” in contrast to human elections.

“Our ranked selection voting system will go off with out a hitch and the GOAT shall be topped with none confusion or controversy by the tip of the summer season,” Garodnick stated in a press launch. “We encourage New Yorkers to return meet the “Fabulous 5” in individual and to concentrate to our social media channels because the goats roll out their platforms.”

See extra in regards to the candidates right here.