John Jay Park

From Cherokee Place to FDR Drive, btwn E. 76th & E. 77th Sts.
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Nearest subway station: 6 @ 77 St.
Nearest elevator subway station: F @ Lexington Ave.-63 St.

Playscape: Possibly one of the most interesting playgrounds in the city, with a diverse array of activities for children of all ages. Outside the playground gates are two small toddler play structures, along with picnic tables and benches. Within the gates are two large play structures (the one shaped like a pyramid is further enclosed) along with a climbing wall; additional hanging bars and climbing structures made from metal and rope; a tire swing; a canoe; a car table with garage and subway features; a sand pit; sprinklers; and an enclosed swing section with six bucket swings, six sling swings, and two special needs swings. South of the playground area are basketball and handball courts, and to the east are two swimming pools (both 4′ deep).

Safety notes: This is a huge park that covers a lot of area. Luckily there is only one gate for accessing the playground, and within this space other play areas are further enclosed. There are plenty of leafy trees around the perimeter providing shade.

Public restrooms: Yes, with changing table in the ladies’ room.

Food & drink: There is usually a hot dog cart within the park grounds, and farther afield a good variety of restaurants and food shops along York Ave.

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