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J. Hood Wright Park

W. 173 St. bet. Haven Ave. and Ft. Washington Ave.

Manhattan

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

Located between 173rd and 176th Streets, from Fort Washington Avenue to Haven Avenue, J. Hood Wright Park is named for the former owner of the site. Wright (1836-1894), a wealthy banker and financier from Philadelphia, lived in a mansion at 175th Street and Haven Avenue. He made large anonymous contributions to what is now the Washington Heights Branch of the New York Public Library. A plaque at the branch entrance honors Wright for his role in changing the status of the library from a subscription library to a free library in 1883. He also was instrumental in the founding of a hospital in New York’s Manhattanville neighborhood.

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There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

Recreation CentersJ. Hood Wright Recreation Center

On Monday, February 18, 2019, this recreation center will close at 5:00 p.m. in observance of Presidents' Day.

Recreation CentersJ. Hood Wright Recreation Center

Beginning Monday, February 4, 2019, J. Hood Wright Recreation Center will close at 6:00 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. There will be no change to the operating schedule on Saturdays. Please be sure to check the schedule for updates to programming. Thank you.

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