Playground Review: Hamilton Park

When I moved to Hamilton Park in 2005, this playground wasn’t here. The 40+ acre park looked like it had seen better days. It was covered in dirt, patched with grass.

When they started the renovation of the park, it was obvious that the neighborhood was on the cusp of change, of financial injection.

Surrounded by million dollar homes today, the park has been beautiful for several years now – at least since my kids have been old enough to enjoy it. Here’s what I love about it:

  • It’s fenced in, with multiple fences. The toddling kids have their own fenced in climbing frames with plenty of steering wheels and even a tiny sprinkler so they won’t get run over by a larger, more active hooligan, er – child.img_2376
  • The sprinklers are set apart and fenced in on their own, away from the dry zone, allowing water play to be a choice in this park.
  • There’s plenty of mature trees providing cover. You can always find a shady spot.
  • Benches are strategically placed and ample. There’s also a faux rock structure that feels comfortable to perch on.
  • Hamilton Park hosts basketball and tennis courts, beautiful gardens, dog runs, a gazebo, fountain, and there’s lots of local food and shopping nearby (including Milk Sugar Love, Hazel Baby and GP’s.)
  • This playground is always busy. There’s always someone to play or commiserate with.
  • Grass grows throughout the park – bring a ball and a blanket to buy yourself an extra 45 minutes.

The drawback? No bathroom. (Moms in the know use Tribeca Pediatrics across the street for emergencies.)

Hamilton Park has an active neighborhood association who run all kinds of events, including a weekly farmer’s market, movies and Shakespeare in the Park, JCFamilies parties, and so much more. The park is bounded by Brunswick, Grove, 6th, and 9th Streets.

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Mel Kozakiewicz a professor, editor, writer, and mother of two.

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