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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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Please join the Central Park Conservancy’s Planning, Design & Construction team to learn more about design plans for the upcoming renovation project at Billy Johnson Playground. 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.

Billy Johnson Playground Community Meeting
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The offices of the Central Park Conservancy
14 East 60th Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10022

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by email to pdc@centralparknyc.org.

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Pounds for Play:
The Newest Way to Support Central Park's Playgrounds

Honor someone special by supporting Central Park's playgrounds! With a minimum donation of $25, the Conservancy will add new sand to playground sandboxes. The person you are honoring will receive an ecard or mailed certificate indicating the gift.

Additional Information

What: Playground
For: Families
Near: South End


East Side at 67th Street

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