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Published June 26th 2012
When your family's out exploring downtown Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood and you're looking for a kid-friendly outdoor venue, don't hesitate to walk over to Washington Market Park on Greenwich Street, between Chambers and Duane streets.
Would a spot in the gazebo be more to your liking? Stroll over and check it out. If you've been looking for a quaint place to hold your next party, the gazebo might be the perfect solution. Check the website for details on how you can rent it for your private gatherings of up to 50 people.
Among its latest features—new restroom facilities onsite.
Now park visitors don't have to rush out to use lavatories.
Many folks may not know that there are also courts for tennis and basketball, both of which are located on Chambers Street. Purchase a permit via the Department of Parks and Recreation before dropping by the Park House to reserve a time slot for the tennis courts.
A couple of basketball courts and tennis courts are available.
While picnic blankets are normally not allowed on the lawn, for this family-friendly event, claim your spot and spread your blanket. Sit down and relax while munching on picnic fare you brought with you, or purchased at one of the nearby grocery stores or restaurants. Watch the kids dance or boogie with them. Whatever you decide to do, unwind and enjoy the free concert music.
Don't forget to browse the website for the calendar of events so you don't miss out on what takes place throughout the year. Pick the ones you want to attend and come back again.
When:Park opens daily from 7 a.m. to dusk. Tennis courts open from 7 a.m. to midnight (reserve a slot starting 7:30 a.m. at Park House in park). See website for tennis season. Basketball courts open from 8 a.m. to dusk.