About the Event

The 28th Parkinson's Unity Walk will be held in Central Park, NY on Saturday, April 23, 2022! (rain or shine). This year's event offers ways to engage, share and UNITE - Together IN PERSON again!

Much has changed in the past two years since we last walked side by side due to the pandemic. Still, we look forward to uniting safely together again, guided by rules and regulations outlined by the Government of New York City and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Event Flyer

Unity Walk Day Handout

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Health and Safety Guidelines

The health and safety of our community are paramount for us at the Parkinson's Unity Walk. While we can't wait to see our registered participants, volunteers, supporters, and sponsors in person, we have the following guidelines in place to keep everyone safe.

Please click here to view our health and safety guidelines for the 2022 Parkinson's Unity Walk.

As with all things pandemic-related, please check back here for any changes.

Walk Day information

Click on the Section Titles below to visit that section of the Day of Event webpage.


LOCATION

72nd Street Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, New York, NY (Use 72nd Street Park entrances on Fifth Avenue or Central Park West)

Google Map for Directions

DAY OF EVENT TIMELINE
Registration Open:  8:30 am to 11:30 am

Margot Zobel Way:  8:30 am to 1:00 pm

Walk Rolling Start: 8:30 am to 11:30 am
The Parks Department has asked that we are off the Walk route by 12 noon.
FAQ: How long is the Walk? The Walk is approximately 1.4 miles.

Register and roll! Start walking when you’re ready rather than waiting for the Walk to start. After you check in at the Registration tent, enjoy the Walk route and informational booths at a time that’s right for you, and at your own pace. The Parks Department has asked that we are off the Walk route by 12 noon.

Naumburg Bandshell Program Timeline

MAPS


ACCESSIBILITY

The entire 1.4 mile Walk route is wheelchair accessible. We do not provide wheelchairs. Contact the below businesses for wheelchair rentals:

  • Carnegie Hill Pharmacy, 1721 Broadway (between 54th & 55th Streets), NYC (212) 246-0020
  • Big Apple Mobility, 241 West 37th Street (between 7th & 8th Avenues), NYC (212) 278-8100

Golf carts are available for those in need of assistance.
Golf carts are available at 72nd Street entrances, on the Walk route, and at the beginning of Margot Zobel Way.

REFRESHMENTS
Complimentary snacks and bottled water will be served at two Refreshments Booth on Margot Zobel Way.


REGISTER AND ROLL!

  • Register, be counted, and let us know you’re here!
  • Turn in your donations. While there is no registration fee, we encourage all registered walkers to raise funds on behalf of the Walk – 100% of donations go to research.
  • Any of our Registrars can help you on the day of the Walk. All walkers are registered as individuals, even if they are part of a team -- there is only one envelope per walker so you will be sure to get credit as the fundraiser. We recommend that you allow extra time to go through Registration OR donate and register before Walk day.

Masks are required at the Registration Tent. Disposable masks will be available for use.


2022 REGISTRATION AND DONATION PUW DEADLINES

Team Registration Deadline: All teams must be registered prior to the day of the Walk. (Team registrations will not be accepted on the day of the Walk.)

Deadline to Give and Turn in Donations: June 4, 2022. All donations received by June 4, 2022 will be credited to the 2022 Walk.

Planning on joining us virtually? Check back on Saturday, April 23 for our Virtual Unity Walk experience. Enjoy a live stream of the Walk, powered by Mediflix, get active with virtual Bandshell demonstrations, and check out our downloads for creative activities for the whole family.

 

  • Visit the Giveaways Tent to pick up your giveaways including your PUW button. Insert the number of years you’ve been participating in the Walk on the button. Whether this is your 1st year or your 28th, wear the button proudly and share how long you’ve been a PUW walker.
  • Visit the Make A Sign Tent and create a sign to bring with you on the Walk route.

Be empowered and take advantage of the educational information available at the Walk. Learn about resources for people living with Parkinson's and their families.

Click below to view 2022:

 

ASK THE HEALTHCARE EXPERTS BOOTH
Stop by this booth and have your questions answered by a:

  • Movement disorder specialist
  • Neurosurgeon
  • Movement disorder nurse practitioner
  • Physical therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • DBS programmer
  • Nutritionist

Stop by the Team Photo Booth on Margot Zobel Way between 8:30 am - 12:30 pm and receive a printed copy of your photo to take home with you. You will also receive a digital copy via email and can download the photo from the vendor’s website and forward it to your team members and supporters.

We're excited to be back in New York City's Central Park for the 28th Parkinson's Unity Walk on Saturday, April 23!

The Parkinson’s Unity Walk has secured room blocks at reduced rates at several Manhattan hotels.  While the Walk is located in Central Park, we've provided hotels at various locations and price points, listed below. 

Reservations can be made online via the links provided or by calling the hotel directly and referencing our event. All reservations must be received no later than March 21st. After that time, room blocks are released and the hotels may charge higher rates. Download a PDF map of PUW 2022 NYC hotel locations.

GOOGLE MAP OF AVAILABLE HOTELS

New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway
New York, New York 10036

$259 Deluxe King Room
Valid between check-in dates of 4/21/22 and 4/23/22
Reserve by 3/21/22

Toll-Free Reservations: (877) 303-0104
Link for Online Reservations: CLICK HERE
Reference Parkinson’s Unity Walk 2022


Springhill Suites New York Midtown
Manhattan/Fifth Avenue
25 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018

$209 Standard Room
Valid between check-in dates of 4/21/22 and 4/23/22
Reserve by 3/21/22

Offline Reservations: (888)-287-9400
Link for Online Reservations: CLICK HERE
Reference Parkinson’s Unity Walk 2022


JW Marriott Essex House
160 Central Park South
New York, NY 10019

$399 King Room
Valid between check-in dates of 4/19/22 and 4/25/22
Reserve by 3/21/22

Offline Reservations: (212) 247-0300
Link for Online Reservations: CLICK HERE
Reference Parkinson’s Unity Walk 2022


Sheraton New York Times Square
811 7th Avenue and 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019

$229 Standard Room
Valid between check-in dates of 4/21/22 and 4/23/22
Reserve by 3/21/22

Offline Reservations: (212) 581-1000
Link for Online Reservations: CLICK HERE
Reference Parkinson’s Unity Walk 2022


W New York – Times Square
1567 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

$299 King Room
Valid between check-in dates of 4/18/22 and 4/27/22
Reserve by 3/21/22

Offline Reservations: (212) 930-7400
Link for Online Reservations: CLICK HERE
Reference Parkinson’s Unity Walk 2022

Above hotels have no affiliations with the Unity Walk and while we check reviews, participants are encouraged to perform their own check of hotel details, COVID protocols, and any additional questions.

Volunteering for the upcoming Walk is another way to take action and help make a difference!

2022 Parkinson's Unity Walk
Saturday, April 23, 2022 (Rain or Shine)
Central Park, New York, NY

  • Volunteers needed for Walk day
  • We have no year-round opportunities
  • Individuals and groups are welcome (based on availability and requirements of specific volunteer areas)
  • Volunteers must be registered before the event

HOW TO BECOME A REGISTERED VOLUNTEER/LEARN MORE
Please email info@unitywalk.org to share your interest in volunteering. You will be contacted to discuss your interest and confirm your volunteer assignment.

HOURS OF COMMITMENT
Hours will vary with each volunteer role. We generally need volunteers to commit 4 to 6 hours.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Please communicate any requirements in advance. This will assist us in providing volunteers with the best available job opportunity and Walk experience.
  • Volunteer duties will be as per job description, including following Health & Safety Guidelines.
  • Some positions require volunteers who are physically able to stand on their feet for long periods of time. In order to help set up various booths, volunteers must be able to lift boxes of various weights.
  • Individuals and groups are welcome (based on availability and requirements of specific volunteer areas)
  • While we encourage everyone of all ages to participate in the Walk, due to the high volume of participants and the busy nature of this event:
    • Most volunteer areas require that volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
    • All personnel within all volunteer areas must be at least 16 years old, with underage volunteers being accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • If you are a registered walker and are also considering volunteering, please know that most volunteer assignments occur during Walk festivities.

CREDIT OF HOURS
Credit of volunteer hours are provided upon request to registered volunteers, after the Walk. PUW cannot issue volunteer hours to general Walk participants. To walkers who require proof of participation, please use your walker registration confirmation.

Plan methods of transportation to stop on or near Central Park's 72nd Street Entrances (East or West side)

PARKING

  • Search for Parking
  • We do not have reserved parking; please observe general parking rules.


PARKING FOR BUSES


TRANSPORTATION

 

  • Light snacks and drinks will be provided. Pack a heavier lunch and extra drinks based on your needs.
  • Each participant will receive a tote bag to hold information from our sponsors. If you think you’ll need it, bring a light bag/backpack to help you hold extra items while you walk. Parkinson's Unity Walk Staff and volunteers cannot hold personal belongings while participants walk.
  • Central Park is a smoke-free environment. Please observe general Park Rules and Regulations.
  • Strollers and dogs are allowed in Central Park and along the Walk route. Please be considerate of fellow walkers. Dogs must be on leash starting at 9 am, per Park rules. Dog owners must observe and refer to Central Park's website for additional rules and information about dogs in the Park.

Where the Money Goes

100% of all donations made to the Parkinson's Unity Walk are distributed among the four major U.S. Parkinson's disease foundations to fund disease research. In 27 years, we have raised over $28 million to support disease research!

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