Jacob K. Javits Playground

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.


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

Javits Playground Schematic Design Approved!

Thanks to your donations, the Fort Tryon Park Trust provided $350,000 towards the total $2.45M capital reconstruction cost for Jacob K. Javits Playground, a regional facility previously renovated over 26 years ago. Many members of the public, as well as the Fort Tryon Park Trust’s Javits Playground Committee of diverse stakeholders, helped inform the design that NYC Parks developed for the site.

The redesign expands the recreational amenities for young children, youth and adults including more play equipment, more swings, more workout equipment, more seating, picnic tables, more plantings, more ADA features, and a nature exploration area, while keeping its beautiful, historic and landmarked features. (Javits is part of Fort Tryon Park – a National, State, and City Scenic Landmark.)

Community Board 12 approved the design in September 2016, after which the Landmarks Preservation Commission and Public Design Commission reviewed and approved the design. Construction is anticipated to start March 2018 and end Spring 2019. We thank everyone who has committed their time, passion, and thoughtfulness to making this project happen!

See the approved design