James J. Walker Park

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Coordinates: 40°43′47″N 74°00′23″W / 40.729820°N 74.006395°W / 40.729820; -74.006395

Inside the park (2017)
The park in 1899, when it was called "St. John's Park", looking east from Hudson Street

James J. Walker Park is a public park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan in New York City, New York. The approximately 2-acre (0.81 ha) park, is bound by Varick Street, Leroy Street, Hudson Street and Clarkson Street. The park has baseball fields, bocce courts, playgrounds, bathrooms, handball courts and Wi-Fi hotspots, as well as a memorial dedicated to two deceased firefighters.

The park is adjacent to the Tony Dapolito Recreation Center, formerly the Carmine Recreation Center, at the intersection of Carmine and Clarson Streets with Seventh Avenue South. It was named after a long-time president of Community Board 2, Anthony V. Dapolito, who was known as the "Mayor of Greenwich Village."[1]


The area that is now James J. Walker Park was once the St. John's Burial Ground for St. John's Chapel of Trinity Church. It was in use from 1799 to 1858, with over 10,000 burials there. New York politician William H. Walker originated the idea for the park in 1888. In 1890 he succeeded in getting a bill through the legislature condemning the ground for park purposes. The parks department acquired the land in 1895; most of those buried there were not removed. The park – which was designed by the architectural firm of Carrere & Hastings – was originally called "St. John's Park," which had also been the name of a no-longer-extant park about a mile south on Hudson Street from about 1827 to 1867. The later park was renamed "Hudson Park" in 1896, and finally became "James J. Walker Park" in 1947, named after former mayor Jimmy Walker, whose family had moved to 6 St. Luke's Place in 1886.[2][3][4]

The park was renovated in 1972 and again in 1996.[2]

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  1. ^ Staff "Tony Dapolito Recreation Center" New York City Department of Parks and Recreation website
  2. ^ a b Staff "James J. Walker Park" New York City Department of Parks and Recreation website
  3. ^ Staff (April 1, 2009). "The Mummy in Trinity Church". Trinity Church Wall Street. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Perris, William (1854) "Plate 59: Map bounded by Barrow Street, Commerce Street, Bleecker Street, Cornelia Street, Sixth Avenue, Hancock Street, Hamersly Street, Hudson Street" in Maps of the City of New-York v.5 (1854) Perris & Browne. Accessed from the New York Public Library Digital Collection, May 16, 2015
  5. ^ a b Staff "James J. Walker Park: Firemen's Memorial New York City Department of Parks and Recreation website

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