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Children's Parks / Outdoor Playgrounds in New York

Updated Oct 05 2014 04:43 PM EST with 25 listings
Parks with swings, slides, big green fields, and playgrounds are a great place for kids to unwind on the weekend or after school.
Children's Parks / Outdoor Playgrounds in New York

77th St. Playground

On the northeast corner of 77th St is a small playground that neighborhood parents built. It is also near the Museum of Natural History.
Amsterdam Ave., at 77th St.,

Ancient Playground

You can see this playground from the Temple of Dendur in the Metropolitan Museum. Kids can climb on and over the pyramids and swing forever on the tire swings.
Central Pk., Central Park NY at East 84th St.,

Chelsea Piers Field House

The field house has facilities for gymnastics, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, dance, martial arts and rock climbing. Also there are club leagues available to join.
Tel 212-336-6500
Fax: 212-336-6515; E-mail: fieldhouse@chelseapiers.com
Website: chelseapiers.com

Clement Clarke Moore Park

Shady, small and quiet.
Tenth Ave., at 22nd St.,

Diana Ross Playground

This is here because the singer donated money to the park following her concert in the late 70s. Great weathered wooden structures and webs of chains to climb on. This playground is for older children and it is also conveniently located near the Museum of Natural History, another great kid experience.
Central Pk., Central Park NY at West 81st St.,

Early Childhood Library

This library contains a space for infants and toddlers. It has small slides and other equipment designed for the smaller set.
66 Leroy St., West Village NY 10014 Tel 212-929-0815
Website: nypl.org

East 72nd Street Playground

Another old-fashioned playground with good shady areas.
Central Pk., Central Park NY at East 72nd St.,

Explorations

Admission $5 per person. Indoor playspace for the 1 to 3 age group. Every weekday morning an arts-and-crafts workshop or story hour is given.
1535 First Ave., Yorkville NY ( at 80th St.), Tel 212-772-7612

Heckscher Playground

This is located in Central Park. This playground dates back and could use a renovation. This is not a young child friendly playground.
Central Pk., Central Park NY at 62nd St.,

Hunter School Playground

This playground incorporates the facade of a demolished armory from the turn-of-the-century.
Madison Ave., Midtown South NY Btw. 94th & 95th St.,

James Michael Levin Playground

The focus of this playground is the fairy tale themed fountain and the climbing structure near the gate. There are also picnic tables and good size sandbox.
Central Pk., Central Park NY near East 76th St.,

John Jay Park

Great climbing structures for toddlers in the shady area and more climbing structures for older kids in the fenced in area. There is also an outdoor pool available in the summer.
E. 76th St., East of York Ave.,

Pat Hoffman Friedman Playground

Next to the Metropolitan Museum, a small space with a few bucket swings, a small sandbox, a metal slide and some climbing bars. Mostly used by young children.
Central Pk., Central Park NY At East 79th St.,

Riverbank State Park

Offers many amenities and the design was inspired by parks in Japan. Has an olympic-size pool, a covered skating rink, an 800-seat cultural theater, an athletic building and two very fun playgrounds with a wading pool and the only carousel designed by children.
Riverside Dr., New York NY 10001 Tel 212-694-3600

Rudin Playground

Well-shaded area with bucket swings for babies. Sprinklers and fun climbing structures make this a kid-friendly place.
at West 96th St.,

Rustic Playground

A wooden arbor welcomes you to a creative play area. There is a stone bridge, a sand pit and a terrace with picnic tables.
Central Pk., Central Park NY at East 67th St.,

Spector Playground

This playground was refurbished in 1993. There is a lot of grass surrounding it Great toddler area with baby swings, sandbox and spinklers. There are also structures for preschoolers.
Central Pk., Central Park NY at West 85th St.,

St. Catherine's Playground

There are some basketball and handball courts on the other side of the fence which make this an attraction with older kids. The playground is asphalt, metal and wood.
First Ave., East Village NY betw. 67th & 68th St,

St. Gregory the Great Playground

This playground is grounded by a rubber floor which is softer on those falling knees and elbows. There is a community garden for parents to sit and smell the flowers.
W. 90th St., Upper West Side NY betw. Columbus & Amsterdam Ave.,

Sutton Place Park

Great views of the 59th St. Bridge. Perfect for infants and toddlers. A sandbox and a bronze wart hog to entertain the little ones.
E. 57th St., Midtown NY at Sutton Pl.,

Tudor City Playground

This is a small fenced playground with a rubber ground and colorful climbing structures.
First Ave., East Village NY at 42nd St.,

West 67th Street Playground

North of Tavern on the Green, in Central Park, this 1960s playground has some climbing structures and some bucket swings. There are some shady areas and a treehouse. There are sprinklers set in an amphitheater that spills running water into a long raised basin.
Central Pk., Central Park NY No. of Tavern on the Green,

West 84th Street Playground

This is an old-fashion playground and never gets too crowded, so it might be a great spot if you don't want too much playground excitement.
Central Pk., Central Park NY at West 84th St.,

West 99th Street Playground

Weathered wood structures and concrete mountains with tunnels make this a fun place for kids.
Central Pk., Central Park NY at West 99th St.,

Wild West Playground

Very popular spot in the summer because of the sprinklers that cool the summer heat off the kids. Great wooden towers.
Central Pk., Central Park NY at West 93rd St.,