PARAMUS, NJ - Several hand-painted, donated pianos will be popping up this week in public parks around Paramus, as part of a new initiative between the borough, school district, recreation department and shade tree commission.
Through September, Paramus’ “Pianos in the Parks” program puts pianos at your fingertips for anyone to play or to simply appreciate the artwork, which was designed and completed by the students and staff of the Paramus School District.
The first piano has already been installed in the gazebo at the Paramus Public Library.
According to Mayor Richard LaBarbiera, additional pianos will be placed at the Paramus Municipal Pool and Petruska Park either later this week or the start of next week.
After seeing similar initiatives in other places – such as Chicago, New York City and Seattle - LaBarbiera believed it would be “a great fit” for the borough and set it as an objective for 2019.
“The vision for the program is to build community engagement in local parks, to provide students an opportunity to learn about and create public art installations and to encourage everyone to become musicians and enjoy playing a musical instrument,” the mayor said.
Similar programs in other cities have been a hit, with some places even launching free weekly piano lessons in the park for children.
LaBarbiera said officials hope it’ll also be a success in Paramus “and to expand to more locations in coming years.”
During the winter, the pianos - which were donated by residents - will be moved indoors, borough officials said.