Spring Cutback Ends, Spring Season Begins with Earth Day

Celebrate the culmination of Spring Cutback and the beginning of spring with a day of community festivities on the High Line. Photo by Barry Munger.

Join us for our first-ever Earth Day Celebration on the High Line on Sunday, April 22!

This full day of community festivities will mark the end of High Line Spring Cutback and the beginning of spring at the park.


Earth Day is the culmination of High Line Spring Cutback, our biggest horticultural task of the year. During the past six weeks High Line Gardeners and more than 300 volunteers worked to trim back more than 100,000 plants on the High Line to prepare the park for new spring growth. With one full mile of plantings, Spring Cutback took more than 1,500 man hours to complete this year.

Over 300 dedicated volunteers participated, working side-by-side with High Line Gardeners to tackle our biggest Spring Cutback effort ever. We couldn't have done it without their help. Join us on Earth Day for a volunteer recognition ceremony at 11:00 AM to celebrate all of their hard work throughout the past six weeks.


We’d also like to thank our generous supporters, Bloomberg, Google, HR&A Advisors, REI, Toyota, and UNIQLO, whose invaluable contributions during Spring Cutback helped make this year’s efforts a success.

See some of our favorite photos from this year’s High Line Spring Cutback.

Earth Day will also feature family activities, live music, opportunities to chat one-on-one with High Line Gardeners, and a fun, participatory performance by artist Alison Knowles, who will prepare a giant salad of fresh spring vegetables, toss it in the air in a grandiose gesture, and then serve it to the audience.

Earth Day on the High Line is free and open to visitors of all ages. All activities will take place in the Chelsea Market Passage, the semi-enclosed passageway on the High Line between West 15th and West 16th Streets.

See a full schedule of activities for the day.


Earth Day also marks the return of seasonal staples at the High Line. Back in the park will be the High Line Merchandise and Membership Cart, where you can learn more about supporting the High Line through membership and pick up a variety of signature gift items, and the High Line Field Station, where you can speak with High Line Greeters who can answer questions and provide information about the High Line’s history, design, horticulture, art, and more. Also returning, High Line Food partners Blue Bottle, La Newyorkina, Melt Bakery, and People’s Pops will be serving up beverages and sweet treats between West 13th and West 18th Streets. Learn moreabout our food partners, their menus, and where to find them.

We hope you’ll join us!

High Line Spring Cutback and Earth Day are supported by Bloomberg, Google, HR&A Advisors, REI, Toyota, and UNIQLO. Leading support for High Line Kids is provided by MetLife Foundation and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, with additional support from the Concordia Foundation. REI is a supporting partner of volunteerism at the High Line.


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