View from Fort Tryon Park overlooking the Hudson River

Fort Tryon Park Trust

Fort Tryon Park Trust’s mission is to promote the restoration, preservation, and enhancement of this historic and scenic landmark for the benefit and use of the surrounding community and all New Yorkers.

Plans for Fort Tryon Park's Javits Playground Advance

Jacob Javits Playground

The Fort Tryon Park Trust gifted $350,000 to NYC Parks to help close the funding gap for the reconstruction of Javits Playground. This funding gift along with that of $600,000 from Borough President Brewer and $1,500,000 from Councilmember Rodriguez provide the total projected capital costs of $2.45 million for a Phase I project at Javits. NYC Parks has committed to restoring the natural areas of the playground with in-house resources, so the full area west of Fort Washington Avenue can be revitalized.

The Fort Tryon Park Trust has forged a Javits Playground Committee, a diverse coalition of playground users to advise on the needs of the community. Read the Javits Playground Committee's letter to NYC Parks on priorities for the site here.

At its March 22 meeting, Manhattan Community Board 12 voted to approve NYC Parks' Concept Plan 2 for the playground. Read the resolution here. NYC Parks will now start its Schematic Design Process and return to the local Community Board in early June to present its design.

Copies of Concept Plans 1 and 2 can be reviewed at the Community Board 12 Office:
Community Board 12/Manhattan
530 West 166th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10032

Stay tuned here for project updates, or to send comments or questions on the project, write to:

Javits Playground 2/15 Public Scoping Meeting Presentation
Learn more about NYC Parks’ Capital Process

Help Us Save Fort Tryon's American Elms!

Elm tree next to a path in Fort Tryon Park

Fort Tryon Park is graced by dozens of 100-year old American Elms. Transplanted as mature trees by John D. Rockefeller in the early 1930s, the elms have offered beauty and shade to the visitors and residents of New York City from the day the park opened. These glorious trees are in jeopardy as Dutch elm disease, a deadly fungus that infects the sapwood of elm trees, has invaded the park. To preserve these majestic trees we’ve begun a rigorous course of pruning, removing infected trees, innoculating remaining trees, and air spading mature roots. We need your help to preserve our unique American elms so the park can continue to have their glorious canopy, shade and habitat for wildlife.

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