7/6/2020 COVID-19 Update: Basketball courts are open. Please respect others, wear a mask, use hand sanitizer, and practice safe social distancing.
6/22/2020 COVID-19 Pandemic Update: Javits Playground is open, except for basketball.
Renovation Update 11/7/19: Due to contractor delays and a tree that was felled by lightning on October 17, additional work is being undertaken. Replacement pieces for damaged play equipment and fence are being fabricated. Pending fabricator delivery on the play equipment, the contractor’s installation, and safety inspections, NYC Parks expects the project to be completed by the end of November.
7/9/2018: 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, picnic tables, and an accessible drinking fountain.
The $3.1M project was funded by Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, Manhattan 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, CM Rodriguez and MBP Brewer’s Public Scoping Meetings. 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 beloved Scenic Landmark.
The playground will be closed for construction for approximately one 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.