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Heckscher Playground

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When Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux designed Central Park in the 19th Century, they designated this 10-acre meadow in the southwest corner of the Park as a "playground" — the term used to describe a versatile open meadow intended for games, sports and informal play. The oldest playground in Central Park, created in 1927, and the largest at 1.8 acres, Heckscher Playground includes a great variety of play features and spaces. Its primary entrance is the central breezeway of the newly restored Heckscher Building.

Age Groups:
Pre-school, School-age

The playground includes a shaded area with swings and slides; a multiuse area comprised of synthetic turf and safety surfacing; and a large, maze-like climber and water feature with tunnels, ramps and slides.

Water Feature:
Water flows from the highest point of the climber and down to elevated water channels, which children can walk through. The water ends at ground level in an area where a variety of water jets spray into the air. Younger children can cool off in a semi-enclosed area with a low and gentle spray.

Recent Reconstruction:
The Central Park Conservancy reconstructed Heckscher Playground in 2005 and the Heckscher Building in 2007.


Women's Committee logo-35yrsInitiated in 1991 by the Women's Committee of the Central Park Conservancy, Playground Partners is a group of volunteers who ensure that Central Park's 21 playgrounds are kept safe and well maintained.

Additional Information

What: Playground
For: Families
Near: South End
Restrooms available


Mid-Park from 61st to 63rd Streets

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