J. Hood Wright Park

Bring the dog

The dog park at J. Hood Wright is kept clean and owners enjoy the eight benches conveniently located around it. The park offers a water fountain for dogs and has disposal bags available for those owners who’ve left them at home. The dogs enjoy the expansive space where they can freely play and socialize with their other furry friends.


The park is always booming with wildlife. Falcons have been spotted before and flowers such as tulips are beautiful to watch blossom in the spring. The fitness path is 195 yards long and runners can do 9 laps per mile.

If none of the activities listed above suit your needs, you can always take the initiative and do your own thing. For example, you could bring your own mat and practice yoga by the lawn. You could bring a book and read under the shade of a tree. Or you could cook up a bbq for some friends or family and host a fun weekend outing. The options are endless!

J. Hood Wright Park is home to a marvelous work of art created by none other than Terry Fugate-Wilcox. The sculpture he designed is called 3000 A.D. Diffusion Piece and debuted in 1974. It’s one of the best examples of minimalist art currently displayed in the city. The sculpture stands tall at 36 foot and is expected to diffuse – literally – in the year 3000.

The park’s size encompasses 6.7 acres in total. Washington Heights is privileged due to having such a large lot of land devoted for public use. Friends of J. Hood Wright Park, a neighborhood organization, continues to support the park and is dedicated to its improvement.

J. Hood Wright Park’s Google score: 4.5 based on 79 reviews

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Edgar Catasus

Edgar is a a film fanatic, a food lover, and an Upper West Side enthusiast. After working in PR and marketing in Chicago, he is pursuing his dream of becoming a writer. He loves photography and on his spare time you can find him hiking or biking the great outdoors (while also snapping some pretty awesome Instagram pics!).

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