Nelson A. Rockefeller Park

From Vesey Street to Chambers Street, west of River Terrace
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Nearest subway station: 1-2-3 @ Chambers St.
Nearest elevator subway station: 1-2-3 @ Chambers St.

Park features: Immaculate green space, a playground, waterfront foot and bike paths, a fish pond, a basketball court, a tennis wall, a sculpture garden with checkerboard tables.

Playground: Sandboxes and tables, two water play areas, three age-specific play structures, a pedal-driven carrousel, picnic tables, and two bucket swings. (Sling swings for older children are located north of the playground, near the Parkhouse.)

Playground safety notes: This is a big playground and it can be hard to keep track of children at different ends of the park. Also know there are two gates for entry and exit.

About Penny Park: The sculpture garden, located in a quiet corner in the north end of the park, is popularly known as Penny Park for its bronze sculptures depicting small comical figures and large pennies. Many of the sculptures invite climbing by children, and in the summer there is a little brook with circulating water.

Public restrooms: Yes, in the northwest corner of the Solaire apartment building, on River Terrace between Warren and Murray Sts.

Food & drink: The nearest restaurant is Le Pain Quotidien on River Terrace, across the street from the playground. There are also the restaurants and food shops (including Shake Shack, Payard, Harry’s Italian, Wei West, Pick A Bagel, Beans & Greens, and Battery Place Market) in the lane behind the Goldman Sachs building at 200 West St.

Other info: The park offers fee-based programs throughout the year for children, including parent and baby yoga, music, gardening, and swimming classes. Summer brings free activities, such as outdoor concerts and children’s arts and crafts. In the afternoons, the Parkhouse puts out toys, games, and books for all to borrow.

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