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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

Harvard Playground

179 Pl. bet. 90 Ave. and Jamaica Ave.


Directions via Google Maps

This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

This playground takes its name from Harvard University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The university was founded in 1636, only 16 years after the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard was named in 1638 for its first benefactor, John Harvard, a minister from Charlestown, Massachusetts who bequeathed half of his estate and his library to the school two years after its founding. Seven United States Presidents have been educated at Harvard and the school remains a prestigious research university to this day.

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Directions to Harvard Playground

Harvard Playground Weather

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

7-day forecast

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