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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.

The SS Fun Ship at Washington Market Park.


Toddlers and younger kids love the wooden train.


Sit on one of the many benches that line the pathway alongside seasonal foliage as you watch your kids play on the well-manicured lawn or in the playground.

Spend time amidst colorful flora & playground.


The red playground is popular with the kids.


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.

What a nice place to hold your next event.


Head over to the community garden plots to see the latest plantings.

What's growing?


Rest up at the picnic tables.

There are a few picnic benches where you can set your fare.


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.


Visit the Park House to reserve a time slot for tennis.


As with other city parks, Washington Market Park abounds in seasonal community activities and events, such as its annual Summer Concert Series.

Washington Market Park offers many community events.


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.
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Why? Enjoy the local scene as your kids play.
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.
Where: Greenwich Street (entrance at Duane Street), New York
Cost: Free to visit and play in the park, including basketball courts. Gazebo rental fees apply. Permit fees apply for tennis.
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