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St Nicholas Park
St Nicholas Ave-St Nicholas Terr,
W 128-W 141 Sts

This spacious park is named for St. Nicholas of Myra. It is located at the intersection of St. Nicholas Avenue, 127th Street, St. Nicholas Terrace and 141st Street, bordering the Manhattan neighborhoods of Hamilton Heights, Manhattanville, and Harlem.

Since 1995, Harlem community members and City College joined together to “Take Back St. Nicholas Park.” Neighborhood groups participating in the initiative to make the park a cleaner and safer place included the Hamilton Heights Homeowners Association, A. Philip Randolph High School, Thurgood Marshall School, the Community Helpers, and the Harlem YMCA

Riverbank State Park

679 Riverside Drive

New York, NY 10031

Phone 212-694-3656

Riverbank is the only park of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. Inspired by urban rooftop designs in Japan, this 28-acre multi-level landscaped recreational facility is a state-of-the-art park facility. Rising 69 feet above the Hudson River, Riverbank offers a wide variety of recreational, athletic and arts experiences for all ages, interests and abilities. Housed in five major buildings are an Olympic-size pool, a covered skating rink for roller skating in the summer and ice-skating in the winter, an 800-seat cultural theater, a 2,500-seat athletic complex with fitness room, and a 150-seat restaurant. Outdoor sports amenities include a 25-yard lap pool, a wading pool, four tennis courts, four basketball courts, a softball field, four hand/paddleball courts, and a 400-meter eight-lane running track with a football/soccer field.

Riverbank also boasts spectacular promenade views of the Hudson River, the Palisade Mountains and the George Washington Bridge. At water level, there is a 900-seat amphitheater and docking facilities for excursion and fishing boats.

Morningside Park
West 110 to West 123 Street,
Manhattan Avenue to Morningside Drive
Manhattan

A narrow strip that stretches 13 blocks through the neighborhoods of Harlem and Morningside Heights, Morningside Park blends dramatic landscaping with the pleasures of a community park. Built on a steep incline, multiple playgrounds nestle at the bottom of its cliff-like hillside, and visitors pause along its heights to take in a unique view. Winding paths bordered with flowers and trees lead to a cascading waterfall, across from which local teams play on its baseball fields. Parents bring their children to play in its playgrounds and learn in its after-school program, and on Saturdays local farmers sell their goods in an outdoor market. With its convenient location in the heart of Northern Manhattan, only a few blocks from Columbia University, Riverside Park, St. Nicholas Park, the Apollo Theater, and the northern tip of Central Park, Morningside Park’s grounds make an ideal starting point for wanderings, bike rides, and walking tours.

Marcus Garvey Park
Madison Ave, E 120 to E 124 streets
Manhattan

A park that nurtures its entire community, Marcus Garvey provides pastimes for children, teens, adults, and the elderly.

The two playgrounds are built for all children, including those with disabilities, giving the neighborhood's youngest members hours of fun on the park’s slides, fountains, and drawbridges. On summer days families and friends swim and sun in its outdoor pool, and in the warm evenings they gather to watch plays and concerts in the park’s amphitheater.

During the school year, the recreation center provides care and supervision for young students. And the afterschool program is not the only education in the center—during the summer instructors teach swimming novices to do the crawl and improve their strokes in its indoor pool, and throughout the year classes as diverse as computer skills, kickboxing, yoga, and karate are offered to all who want them.

Jackie Robinson Park
Bradhurst & Edgecombe Avenues, West 145 to West 155 Streets
Manhattan

Providing ten blocks of resources, Jackie Robinson Park is a Harlem jewel. One of four spaces designated Historic Harlem Parks, the park is noted for its strong connection with the community. Originally built as a neighborhood playground to encourage organized play for city children, and one of the ten original parks to receive a City pool, Jackie Robinson Park’s history is steeped with efforts to bring the neighborhood together in recreational fun. Along with its pool opening in 1936, a recreation center was created the same year. Equipped with traditional cardiovascular equipment, weight room, and gymnasium, the recreation center also boasts a library, Computer Resource Center, and an arts & crafts room, among other features. Outside, the park’s amenities abound. Two baseball diamonds, basketball courts, volleyball courts, and two playgrounds, one with a water play area, provide residents with spots to compete and play. Continuing in the park’s theme of “play,” a bandshell within its boundaries hosts bushels of concerts throughout the warm season, keeping Harlem’s tradition of fostering local music alive and well.

Frederick Johnson Park
Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., W 150 to W 151 Sts
Manhattan

Frederick Johnson (1891-1963) was an inspirational tennis player, coach, teacher and Harlem native who enriched the lives of countless members of this community. Johnson was a gifted sportsman from his earliest years, but an accident from his youth claimed his left arm just above the elbow. Determined to remain active, he soon taught himself to play tennis, defying everyone’s expectations about his apparent disability. After developing his own unique style of play, Johnson eventually competed professionally.

The highlight of Johnson’s career came later in his life when he began promoting tennis in Harlem, sharing his love of the game by teaching it to others, often on the very courts in this park. Frederick Johnson Park, featuring eight tennis courts, was officially named for Johnson on October 23, 1971. In addition to tennis courts, this park offers eight handball courts, and a playground with two separate play areas surrounded by benches and chess and checker tables. The silver maple trees (Acer saccharinum) surrounding the park provide a welcome canopy of shade while a stand of littleleaf linden trees (Tilia cordata) between the two sets of four courts shelters tennis players between games.

Central Park
59th - 110th Street
5th Avenue - 8th Avenue

Central Park, the 843-acre green oasis in the center of Manhattan is New York's most well-known park, and perhaps the most famous urban park in the world. Its history began in 1856 with the acquisition of 778 acres of land, for the purpose of building a grand open space, designed specifically for public use. In 1858, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux's "Greensward" plan was selected among the entries of a contest to determine the design for the city's new park. Built with 590 species of shrubs and 815 species of perennials and Alpine plants, an environmental mecca inspired by English romantic landscapes was situated within this metropolis. From its beginning, urbanites have flocked to the park, with over 4 million visitors making their way to the park in 1863, the same year that the final acres of park were procured, extending it to its current border at 110th Street. Today the park averages over 20 million visitors per year. Since its construction, Central Park has evolved from a place of pastoral grandeur to a combination of natural beauty, recreational facilities and outdoor arenas.

The Armory Track & National Track & Field Hall of Fame
216 Fort Washington Ave at 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
Get Directions(212) 923-2068
www.armoryfoundation.org

Experience the thrill of generations of greatness at the National Track & Field Hall of Fame, located in the home of the Fastest Track in the World- the Armory Track & Field Center in Washington Heights. Take the "A" train, 13 minutes from Time Square to 168th Street, to this interactive marvel of a museum. Your group can book a tour of the Hall of Fame and a run on the fabled banked track, where hundreds of Olympians have set national records. From November through April you can see one of 110 indoor track & field meets, welcoming athletes from across the US, from elementary school through college. The Armory will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Excellence in 2009, and be host to a variety of upcoming events.