Ruth and Arthur Smadbeck Heckscher East Playground


This playground's focal point is the sculpture Group of Bears, a work by renowned artist Paul Manship. It is also commonly referred to as Three Bears. The sculpture sits on a stepped platform, surrounded by a large circular seating area at the entrance to the playground. Manship's other works in Central Park include the Osborn Gates at Ancient Playground and the Lehman Gates at the Children's Zoo.


The playground was completely reconstructed in 2014 with all new infrastructure and play features. It includes bucket swings, a climber, a slide, and sand box, all geared towards younger children.

Water Feature:


East Side at 79th Street

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Open daily 8am till dusk

Nearest bathroom:

  • Ancient Playground, East Side at 85th Street (10-min walk)