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Uptown Parks Score High Grades in Watchdog Report

By Nigel Chiwaya | March 15, 2013 9:01am

NORTHERN MANHATTAN — Uptown's parks are at the head of the class.

Inwood Hill and Fort Tryon Parks received high scores from New Yorkers for Parks Report Card on Large Parks for, among other highlights, its athletic fields, playgrounds and drinking fountains.

Inwood Hill Park scored an 94, up 16 points from two years ago and the highest mark any the nine Manhattan parks graded. Fort Tryon Park received an 86, up from a 79 in 2010.

Inwood Hill received perfect scores in many categories.

"Surveyors observed other improvements, including painted benches, new tennis courts, a well-maintained baseball field and freshly mowed lawns," the report read.

The park's natural pathways also rated highly, a sentiment that park-goers agreed with.

"We love it here. I kind of like how untouched it is," said Kerry Devine as she walked with her 5-year-old son Dean to Indian Road playground. "I like that this park is a little less manicured."

"This lovely wilderness of Inwood Park is really unique for Manhattan," added resident Suzanne Mallouk. "You can walk on these beautiful nature trails. It's great."