1. Why were horseshoe games canceled for so long?
After an almost 4 year absence, the horseshoe pit is open again. Here’s what happened in between.
- Overall there was a poor response to the original 2017 launch and despite numerous promotions, few people where actually interested in horseshoes.
- In 2018, I got more busy with selling our family apartment and moving.
- In 2019 the NYC Parks department fenced off the area. I spoke with the Parks Department representative at that time and was told that along with the development of the nearby Jacob Javitts park on Fort Washington, the horseshoe area was also being considered for redevelopment. At that time, I expressed interest in keeping this area for horseshoes and was told that I was welcome to express myself at a town hall meeting about the park overall.
- In 2020 we had a COVID epidemic and much of Manhattan was closed.
- Overall, most people seem to like to avoid doing work. So, the proposition of telling people they should come for horseshoes because it was a lot of work had not been very successful. Avoiding work has become part of the modern American ethos. We only put up with work at all so we can enjoy our leisure time. Combining work and leisure causes too much cognitive dissonance for most people hence inviting people to help with the ongoing process of cleaning up the pits was a little like offering someone to come and suffer. Yes, it might be strange, but I have actually enjoyed doing this work.
For these reasons the Margaret Corbin Provisional Horseshoe Pitching League horseshoe pit at Fort Tryon Park in NYC has been closed for almost 4 years.
2. What is the normal schedule for play?
And to avoid confusion over dates and times. There will be regular games every Thursday starting at 7:00 from now until September.
3. Directions: How do I get there?
The Margaret Corbin Provisional Horseshoe Pitching League is happening in Ft. Tryon Park, just North of the volleyball courts as you go down (not up) the steps from the higher elevation on Fort Washington Ave. The A train station at 190th St. is closed on the Ft. Tryon level due to elevator repair to be complete Sept. 2021. If coming by Train take the 181st Street A station and walk many blocks to the entrance of Fort Tryon park, across from Jacob Javitts Part at approx.. 192nd Street or take the M4 Bus to that location then walk down the steps.