PARAMUS, NJ – This summer, if you see a piano in the park, feel free to strike a chord and put on a show for your fellow park-goers.
Four hand-painted, donated pianos will soon be popping up in public places around the borough, as part of a new program between the governing body, school district, recreation department and shade tree commission.
From June through September, Paramus’ “Pianos in the Parks” programs puts pianos at your fingertips for anyone to play or to simply appreciate the artwork, which was designed and completed by art students at Paramus High School.
After seeing similar initiatives in other places – such as Chicago, New York City and Seattle - Paramus Mayor Richard 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.
According to Borough Administrator Joseph D’Arco, the locations where the pianos will be placed will be announced once the students are through with painting. During the pianos, which were donated by residents, will be moved to indoors for either use or display, D’Arco 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.”
He added: “Having music in the air in Paramus’ parks will be a welcome addition to the already well-used spaces.”