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Riverbend Playground

Bailey Ave. bet. W. Kingsbrodge Rd. and W. 193 St.

Bronx

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

Riverbend Playground is located in Kingsbridge Heights, near the bend of the Harlem River, where it skirts the northern tip of Manhattan. This “riverbend” is actually the juncture where the river meets the Harlem River Ship Canal. The canal, completed in 1923, was built to expedite the shipping route from the Long Island Sound to the Hudson River, cutting 14 miles off the inconvenient path around the southern tip of Manhattan.

Before the canal, the only link between the Hudson and Harlem Rivers was the un-navigable Spuyten Duyvil Creek. The creek, a .5 mile tidal strait, was notorious for it’s rough waters, caused by the double tides of the two rivers it connected. It’s name comes the phrase spuit den duyvil, Dutch for “in spite of the devil.” The creek, which became the line dividing New York and Bronx Counties, ran to the north of the Marble Hill neighborhood.

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PlaygroundsRiverbend Playground

NYC Parks has removed slides in this park due to a manufacturer recall. The manufacturer expects to install re-designed replacement slides in spring 2017.


Anticipated Completion: Summer 2017

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Riverbend Playground Weather

  • Sun
    Chance Rain
    45°F
  • Mon
    Rain and Areas Fog
    56°F
  • Tue
    Mostly Cloudy then Chance Rain
    63°F
  • Wed
    Mostly Sunny
    60°F

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