Jacob K. Javits Playground

Hours: Dawn to Dusk. Park drive closes at Midnight.

Javits Playground is Open!

February 2020:  It’s time to play! After 28 years, Fort Tryon Park’s Jacob K. Javits Playground has been reconstructed and there are many new amenities to celebrate! Javits is part of Fort Tryon Park – one of ten Scenic Landmarks in NYC. The facilities 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 New York City Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, Manhattan Borough President Brewer, and the Fort Tryon Park Trust, which provided $350,000 in private funds to close the city’s funding gap and bring the project to fruition. Special thanks to members of the Fort Tryon Park Trust’s Javits Playground Committee and stakeholders who participated in Public Scoping Meetings held by NYC Parks, CM Rodriguez, and MBP Brewer. Thank you to Community Board 12’s Parks & Cultural Affairs Committee for 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 67-acre Scenic Landmark.

We thank everyone who has committed their time, passion, and thoughtfulness to making this project happen!

You can also enjoy renovated play spaces in Fort Tryon Park across from Javits Playground at Fort Washington Terrace, where you can use the ping pong tables and volleyball area. Paddles and balls are in a box provided by the Fort Tryon Park Trust.

See the approved design