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Important Winter Storm-Related Service Changes

New York City parks are now open. We continue to urge caution in parks under wintry conditions: parks paths can be slippery, snow cover can cover frozen lakes and bodies of water, and branches may have fallen. If you see a fallen branch call 311.

Some recreation centers will open from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. today with limited staffing.

For more information, please visit our Storm Update page.

Official Website of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

Half-Nelson Playground

Nelson Av bet. Featherbed La and W 174 St


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Don't believe your eyes at Half-Nelson Playground! This playground, cheekily named for being halfway down the block of the neighboring Nelson Avenue, is known for having optical illusion themed play equipment. The playground, renovated in 2009, also features spray showers, a basketball court, new landscaping, and stone wall terraces that were carved into the existing hillside to prevent erosion and beautify the natural grassy slope.


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Half-Nelson Playground

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Half-Nelson Playground Weather

  • Wed
    Becoming Sunny
  • Thu
    Increasing Clouds
  • Fri
    Chance Light Snow
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