Visiting Marcus Garvey Park

Located in Central Harlem between Madison Avenue and Mount Morris Park West, from 120th Street to 124th Street

Marcus Garvey Park map
1. Toddler Playground

Swings, slides, climbing structures and summer-time sprinkler, especially for toddlers.  Playground is for children only.  Adults may only enter when accompanying children.

2. Children's Playground

Swings, slides and climbing structures for school-aged children.  Playground is for children only.  Adults may only enter when accompanying children.

3. Sankofa Pavilion

Temporary art installation, made possible by the Mellon Foundation’s Culture, Care and Community Initiative.

4. Swimming Pool & Bathhouse

Free seasonal swimming pool

5. Drummer's Circle

Designated area for impromptu drum circles that have been a Saturday afternoon tradition in Marcus Garvey Park since 1969

6. Pelham Fritz Recreation Center

Opened in 1969, The Pelham Fritz facilities include performance spaces, a children’s playroom, a weightlifting area, a reading room, a computer center, and a game room. This center honors Pelham Fritz (1920–1988), an esteemed Parks official, former basketball player and coach, and Harlem resident for most of his life.

7. Richard Rodgers Amphitheater

Originally built in 1969, and renovated in 2011, the band shell and amphitheater is a vibrant community gathering place for music, dance, celebrations, and ceremonies.

9. Community Room

Indoor space available for local organization to use for events and meetings. Public restrooms located in the building.

9. Fire Watchtower & Acropolis

Plaza located at top of Mount Morris, crowned by the historic Fire Watch Tower, originally constructed in 1812, and restored in 2019.

10. Chess & Checkers Plaza

Mixed-used plaza accentuated by chess/checker tables.

11. Physical Fitness Area

Exercise structures and gym equipment generously provided and operated by the Lion’s Den gym, open to all

12. Basketball Courts & Playground

Three basketball courts and playgrounds, open to all ages

13. Barbecue area

Barbecue grills and picnic tables available on a first-come-first-served basis

14. Dog Park

Two dog run areas: A larger area for all dogs, and a smaller are for dogs who need to be separated from other dogs — ie: because they are not yet socialized, they are healing from an injury, or they just prefer to be alone.

15. Baseball field

The Bill Shea Harlem Little League Friendship Field used for baseball and softball

Peaceful Perch - Public Arts Initiative
Volunteers painting the swing set
Kids interactive with art installation
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About Marcus Garvey Park Alliance

The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance was originally formed as a neighborhood group to advocate for improvements to Marcus Garvey Park, back in 2000, as the park became a safe space for community residents to gather the organization turned its focus to programming in the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater and under utilized open spaces throughout the park. The images below are a sampling of the Arts & Cultural programming we bring to Marcus Garvey Park.

Community Calendar

Featured Events

Sankofa Pavilion 24. 07. 2024.

Librarian Paul McIntosh, known as Griot Paul, will read and engage children with classic children's books, along with musical accompaniment and audience participation.

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