Summer is fast approaching and folks everywhere are scrambling to get themselves in shape. Although the nice weather in NYC has been spotty lately, when we do get those warm-weathered days it’s a good idea to venture outside the gym to get a good workout in outdoors. Whether you’re looking to try out your new total body toning routine on a park bench or you simply just want to go for a nice jog to clear your mind, there are several parks throughout the Harlem neighborhood that are all perfect for an outdoor fitness session. Check out our list of the top five parks in Harlem.
West Harlem Piers Park
Want an outdoor workout with a view? Head over to West Harlem Piers Park. The waterfront park gives off a very serene vibe and boasts amazing views of the Hudson River and northern New Jersey. During the summer, as part of the “Summer on the Hudson” series, there are free Zumba classes held at the park to help locals stay fit.
Riverbank State Park
If you’re a runner who prefers to get their workout in on a track, take your next workout to Riverbank State Park. Located along the Hudson River, the 28-acre multi-level space has a 400-meter eight-lane running track with a football and soccer turf field in the center. There are also other areas of the park where you can break a sweat; the park includes four tennis courts, a softball field, basketball courts, and paddleball courts.
If you want to take in nature’s treasures as you jog, check out Riverside Park. The park, which spans from 72nd Street to 158th Street, is very picturesque with a landscape that features unique flowers, plants, and trees. It’s also located along the Hudson River —hence the name —so you can find wonderful views of the water there.
Marcus Garvey Park
Looking for a dope park to workout at in East Harlem? Check out Marcus Garvey Park. The park, which stretches from E. 120th Street to E. 124th Street, has long since been a central part of the East Harlem community. The 20-acre park features lawns and playing fields, an outdoor swimming pool, and plenty of areas to do your outdoor bench workout routine.
Jackie Robinson Park
Nestled in the Hamilton Heights section of Harlem, Jackie Robinson Park has become a go-to place for outdoor activities. The scenic park features baseball fields, basketball courts, volleyball courts, and an outdoor pool that is perfect to get your water aerobics on.