Very large playground with a few distinct areas. Swings, water, little kids, big ones - they’re separated but still feel interconnected. It gets very busy as it’s part of a pretty large park that boasts the only local Sunday Farmers’ Market, picnic tables, one million birthday parties, a dog run, and proximity to the Greenpoint Library (also open on Sundays). But the ability for kids to run between the sections gives it a nice flow and relieves crowding; there’s enough space for everyone.
McGolrick Park has a huge playground with recently renovated equipment and separated play areas.
Unfortunately, the larger playground doesn’t have much shade, and even the toddler playground is a bit too sunny. However, the park is filled with tall, mature trees and lots of greener.
There are two separate water features and these are both separate from the climbing equipment making it easy to stay dry if so desired. The spray fountains are pretty basic though shooting a fine mist out of the concrete pads.
We like coming to the park for the farmers market on Sundays with the playground afterward. On those afternoons, the playground can be quite crowded. The neighborhood is filled with families, and they come to the park.
There are many sensory features here, including drums and noise makers and texture pieces. They are integrated into both large and small equipment. All of the pieces are relatively new and modern. The renovation was completed in 2018.
The toddler side of the park has tiny little picnic tables perfect for toddler lunches.
Monsignor Edward J. McGolrick was a longtime pastro at St. Cecilia's Roman Catholic Church, located just south of the BQE at N. Henry Street and Herbert Street.