Making Union Square Bloom this Summer

USP Clean Team photo by Liz Ligon

USP Clean Team photo by Liz Ligon

The Spring and Summer are some of the busiest months for the Union Square Partnership. Not only is the USP team working hard to bring you community events like It's My Park! Day and Citi Summer in the Squarebut our USP Clean Team and landscaping crews have worked to make an impact on the neighborhood during these past few months to ensure a beautiful, clean, and vibrant atmosphere for the summer season ahead.


Pick up lunch, choose your seating area, and relax in our signature lime green bistro furniture. USP purchases and stores the furniture all Winter long, and our Clean Team gives the tables and chairs a deep-clean at the start of the season. They work to set up seating areas daily and lock furniture up each night, keeping the equipment in great condition for the community to enjoy. Bring lunch and enjoy the sunshine in our seating areas on the Center Lawn, the Broadway Plaza, the James Fountain, and the West Side Path at both the 15th Street and 16th Street Transverses. Give the team a wave if you see them outside maintaining the furniture!

beautiful blooms

All season long, USP's landscaping crew has been planting fresh flowers and lush greenery along the park's pathways and monuments. Look for colorful flowers in 90 planters throughout the neighborhood, along 17th Street, our Broadway Pedestrian Plaza, and in hanging baskets on light poles. Look up when crossing along Union Square East to see 80 columnar trees towering in our median malls (planted in 2016), and the fresh under-story plantings, brightening the East side of the park.


This summer is quickly heating up, but we've got you covered! Enjoy the shade of our signature teal umbrellas as you sit in one of our many bistro seating areas throughout the park and the surrounding plazas. Bring lunch or move your meeting outside, and don’t worry - you’ll be protected from both sun and rain!

Playtime Additions

Brand new additions to Evelyn’s Playground are coming your way! The canopy over the silver play dome is back up and ready for kids to enjoy! Plus, say hello to a new smiling face in Union Square! Marisol is Union Square Park’s Playground Associate for the 2019 Season. Find her on-site in Evelyn’s Playground Tuesdays - Saturdays from 10 AM - 6 PM, where she’ll lead playtime activities, crafts, and games.


This summer, look up to spot the bright teal and purple pops of color on our lamp post banners all over the neighborhood. What better way to tie together the district than with colorful banners showcasing the support of our neighborhood partners? These banners serve as a welcome to the community, and as a reminder for our summer-long event series Citi Summer in the Square. Join us in Union Square Park for free fitness, kids', and performance events every Thursday from June 13th - August 8th.

We can't do it alone! Our spring + summer work would not be possible without the support of our neighborhood partners. Thank you to the long list of partners who support our work through our fall fundraising event Harvest in the Square. Learn more about the food + wine festival that makes Union Square bloom, and what you can do to support our work here

See more of USP's spring + summer work in the park and throughout the district in our Photo Album here.