Bernard Family Playground

Bernard Family Playground

Set off the eastern edge of the gorgeous Harlem Meer and surrounded by greenery, Bernard Family Playground is a gem of a play space. It is the smallest of Central Park’s playgrounds, which makes it just the right size for the youngest Park-goers, who can explore three play areas: one with a sandbox and play structure, one with a water spray-feature, and one with bucket swings. A large ginkgo tree in the center of the playground also provides shade.


Harlem Meer

East Side at 106th-110th Streets

Duke Ellington

East Side at 110th Street & 5th Avenue


East Side at 108th Street

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Age Groups

Pre-school, Toddler


Bucket swings, a sandbox and sand table, and a play structure with a bridge, slides, climbing poles, and multiple platforms.

Water Features





Accessible surface, water feature, transfer to sand area, and sand table; adaptive swings

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