Javits Playground Reconstruction to Begin July 9!

Renovation Update 11/7/19: Due to contractor delays and a tree that got struck by lightning and fell on-site back on October 17, additional work is being undertaken at Javits. Replacement pieces for damaged play equipment and fence are being fabricated. Pending favorable fabricator delivery on the play equipment, the contractor’s installation and then safety inspections, NYC Parks expects the project to be completed by end of November.


After 28 years, Fort Tryon Park’s Javits Playground is going to be reconstructed.  The new facilities will include workout equipment for teens and adults, an expanded playground for all ages and abilities with a tot lot and nature discovery area,  a spray shower, new basketball courts, more seating and an accessible drinking fountain.

The $3.1M project was funded by Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, Borough President Brewer, and the Fort Tryon Park Trust.  Special thanks to members of the Fort Tryon Park Trust’s Javits Playground Committee and stakeholders who participated in NYC Parks, Councilmember Rodriguez and Borough President Brewer’s Public Scoping Meetings on the project.  Thank you also to Community Board 12’s Parks & Cultural Affairs Committee for their public hearings on the design and the Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Public Design Commission for working with NYC Parks’ talented team of Landscape Architects on the redesign of this key amenity in our Scenic Landmark Park.

The playground will be closed for construction for 1 year.  For alternate basketball facilities, use Wallenberg Courts on 190th Street/Amsterdam Avenue or the 186th Street Court at St. Nicholas Avenue.   Alternative play spaces include Fort Tryon’s Fort Washington Terrace (ping pong and volleyball area), Bennett Park at 184th/Fort Washington Avenue and J. Hood Wright Park at Fort Washington Avenue/174th.