Experience Fort Tryon Park as your Natural Classroom, Green Gym, Performance Space and Sanctuary!
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The Fort Tryon Park Trust supports free, public, year-round programs and events! Visit our Events Calendar. Please join us for beautification days, fitness programs, garden tours, and many other cultural and educational programs for all ages. We offer nature and wildlife programs, art installations, birding tours, concerts, dance and performance festivals, film screenings, and an annual Battle of Fort Washington reenactment.
Flower Power Plant Finder: Exciting New Online Botanical Resource
In celebration of spring, we launched our Plant ID & Bloom Guide! Fort Tryon Park’s 3-acre Heather Garden is a world-class horticultural destination that showcases 660 varieties of plants, trees, and shrubs. You can discover which plants are in bloom each month, with beautiful photos by local contributors. Each month features several species to learn about. Tap into plant power with the Fort Tryon Park Trust’s new expansive guide HERE!
Dog Run Repair Project
After 20 years of community stewardship, and no City Capital funding, Fort Tryon Park’s Dog Run needed critical repairs to continue to be a usable park asset. Thanks to a $100k investment from the Fort Tryon Park Trust and community donations, we hired a private contractor to extract silt, replace fencing, and stabilize the slope. The run was closed for a few weeks to ensure the safety of park users and dogs and re-opened on March 3.
Anne Loftus Playground Reconstruction
This historic playground closed on 8/23/21 for a $4.2M capital reconstruction for approximately one year and its public restrooms will be closed. For nearby public restrooms, visit NYC Parks’ Payson Playground at the corner of Dyckman Street and Payson Avenue or the public restrooms on the lower level of Fort Tryon Park’ concession building. For more information visit NYC Parks.
Fort Tryon Park celebrated its 85th Anniversary Year in 2020! Watch our “85th Anniversary Film” HERE, read stories, and see photos shared in our Memory Book.
COVID-19 Pandemic Update
In May 2021, we resumed some in-person events. Please stay safe and visit the NYC Parks website for updates to service changes. During this time, we ask that all park-goers continue to use precautions to protect their health and safety and that of those around them. Stay home when feeling sick and opt to wear face coverings.
The park is a fusion of natural and highly landscaped terrain. Nestled amidst wooded slopes and open lawns lie several horticultural destinations: the Heather Garden, Alpine Garden, and Broadway Greeting Gardens. Each area showcases flowers and plants that are well adapted to the unique and varied terrain of Fort Tryon Park.
The beautiful flowers in Fort Tryon Park enthrall and soothe visitors, locals, children, students, as well as naturalists of every stripe throughout the year. Our natural treasures include 48 American elms, many of which predate the park, and more than 600 varieties of plants, trees, and shrubs.
The park is a wonderful place for children and families – offering activities, relaxation, wonder, and sparks to the imagination. Whether it be for picnics, wanderings, your natural classroom, the Medieval Festival each fall, or community supported events such as the Harvest Festival, the park is a joyous place for everyone to discover.
Individual contributions, foundation grants, and government grants to the Fort Tryon Park Trust support over 300 free public programs for all ages every year, all year long. For children, we offer classes in science, dance, urban wildlife, and more. View our Events Calendar for information on our current offerings in Fort Tryon Park and nearby parks.
Please see our Donation and Membership pages to see how you can help support programming for children.
Get fit at the Fort! Our historic 67-acre park overlooking the Hudson River is a great place to be physically active while enjoying nature and spectacular views. The park offers over 8 miles of paved pathways for walking and jogging, as well as two playgrounds, basketball and volleyball courts, ping pong tables, and lawns for playing catch, Frisbee, tag, and other fun activities you can think up.
Being physically active in nature is extra good for you mentally and physically. Playing outdoors helps develop better motor skills, health and fitness, and can create a life-long appreciation for outdoor activities and the environment. For those who cannot get outside, please take advantage of our online fitness resources HERE.
The Dog Run is the largest dedicated public space for dogs in Manhattan – an acre of land in the heart of Fort Tryon Park where both dogs and owners can exercise, socialize, and have fun in a beautiful setting. There are large-dog and small-dog sections with separate entrances. The Trust was pleased to underwrite a $100,000 stabilization project in March 2022 for the run.
Dogs must be on leash at all times within the park boundaries except when inside the Dog Run.
An abundance of wildlife may be found here, too! Keep your eyes out for hawks and many species of birds, raptors, groundhogs, raccoons, skunks, and squirrels.
The park has a rich and varied history! Click on the links to the right to read the fascinating story.