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Vol.25, No. 02 Sept. 10, 1999

Morningside Park Festival Celebrates Common Ground

The entire Columbia community is encouraged to attend the third annual " Celebrate Morningside Park: Our Common Ground" festival on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival, held in the park bordering the east edge of Columbia's Morningside Heights campus, will feature gospel choirs from local churches, food venues, health screenings from St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, children's activities provided by NYC Parks and Recreation, the Museum of Natural History's traveling exhibit van, a community planting led by the park horticulturist and a day of jazz from the Manhattan School of Music and other performers.

A ceremony, held at noon on the stage at W. 113th St., will feature guests including Parks Commissioner Henry Stern and other local civic leaders. Admission is free.

"This festival reflects greater community support for and use of Morningside Park," said Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs Larry Dais, "and encourages a partnership between the West Harlem and Morningside Heights communities."

Columbia University, Barnard College, Morningside Area Alliance, Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement and the City Parks Department, among others, have collaborated to produce the festival and develop a future vision for the park with a grant from the J.M. Kaplan Fund, a foundation committed to the preservation of public spaces.