Playground Improvement Project

The New York Junior League’s Playground Improvement Project (PIP) is in its 22nd year revitalizing playgrounds throughout Manhattan.  This year PIP is working in Fort Tryon Park, located in the Hudson Heights neighborhood of Washington Heights. Throughout the Spring PIP worked with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation painting, planting, and gardening throughout the park.

Named for Sir William Tryon, the last British Governor of the Providence of New York, the park was gifted to the City of New York in 1917 by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. In 1935, Rockefeller commissioned Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., son of the famed architect of Central and Prospect Parks, to design and develop the space. The park is now home to the Heather Gardens, Alpine Gardens, and the famed Cloisters, a reconstructed monastery housing nearly 5,000 medieval works.

The NYJL Playground Improvement Project is working in Fort Tryon Park for 5 weekends in the spring of 2013, April 20, 21, 27, 28, and May 4, 5, 11, 18, 19.  The committee and the parks department worked together to plan the areas and projects for PIP’s spring project. PIP will be returning to the park on June 1st at 11:00 a.m. to “unveil” the work in the park at a special ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, PIP’s community partner, is responsible for approximately 29,000 acres of land through the city.  This amounts to almost 14% of New York City and includes over 5000 individual properties, ranging from Coney Island Beach, community gardens, and the East River Park. They are New York’s principal provider of recreational and athletic facilities. The gardeners of New York City Department of Parks and Recreation work very closely with PIP during our project.