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Billy Johnson Playground

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This playground's design was inspired by the landscapes of Central Park, making it one of the Park's most distinctive play spaces. Constructed primarily from natural materials, its wooden structures echo the Dene Rustic Shelter directly to the north of the playground. It also includes a stone bridge, evocative of the nearby Pond's Gapstow Bridge. The playground's lush plantings create ample shade and divide up the space, creating small play "rooms."

Age Groups:
Pre-school, School-age

Additional features include bucket swings and a small amphitheater, ideal for picnics and other gatherings. The playground's most popular feature is a granite slide set into a hill, scattered with plantings and rocks.

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NOTICE: We want to hear from you Tuesday, December 13! The Central Park Conservancy Planning, Design and Construction team will be hosting a community meeting to get your feedback on play at Billy Johnson Playground and in the Park.

Billy Johnson Playground – Community Meeting
Tuesday, December 13
6 PM – 7:30 PM
The Arsenal (3rd Floor Gallery), 830 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10065

We are gearing up to renovate Billy Johnson Playground located at East 67th Street as the next playground in our Plan for Play initiative. This project will renew and enhance the original design by pioneering landscape architect M. Paul Friedberg, which envisioned the play space as a microcosm of the larger Park. If you plan to attend this community meeting, please RSVP by e-mail to pdc@centralparknyc.org.

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Get Involved with Central Park Playgrounds

The Playground Partners program was founded in 1991 by the Women's Committee of the Central Park Conservancy to maintain the quality and cleanliness of Central Park's 21 playgrounds. The funds raised through Playground Partners membership and event contributions go directly towards the preservation, care, and daily inspection of these cherished play spaces.

Additional Information

What: Playground
For: Families
Near: South End


East Side at 67th Street

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