Pier 26 Science Playground opens today

The Science Playground at Pier 26 at the end of N. Moore opens this afternoon at 2p. This is very exciting news! I will have more photos after the opening, but in the meantime, wanted to get this on everyone’s radar.

The playground, which will eventually be part of the park’s “estuarium,” aka environmental learning center, (more on that soon) is a 4,000-square-foot recreational space featuring two interactive super-sized play structures in the shape of endangered sturgeon species native to the Hudson River, climbing nets, safety surfacing and a seat wall.

It was designed by the landscape architect firm OLIN, which did such a fabulous job on Pier 26, to promote marine science education; children can climb inside the sturgeon structures to explore fish anatomy and interact with other marine-oriented play features to learn about local Hudson River wildlife. And it was funded by a $3.5 million capital campaign completed by Hudson River Park Friends in 2021, anchored by a $1.3 million matching grant from Tribecan Michael Novogratz.

I was lucky enough to see these fish in production in Copenhagen at the playground factory Monstrum — they are going to be so fun — and can’t wait to see them installed.



  1. I don’t even have kids, but am so excited for this space.. Very thankful for all the work and funding that went into making this happen..

  2. My family is so excited! We have been eagerly watching the progress. Such a cool space. Agree with B. Thompson, we are very thankful to have this in our neighborhood.

  3. My children have grown…but Iā€™m super excited for the young children who will be able to enjoy this wonderful addition to the Pier! šŸŸ

  4. Yay – super excited for yet something expensive in the community that only a small group of the population of Tribeca can enjoy – because what we need more is yet another kids park