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.
Features: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.
Initiated 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.