Billy Johnson Playground

Billy Johnson Playground

Billy Johnson Playground, near the East 67th street entrance and just north of the Tisch Children’s Zoo, features swings, sprinklers, and play structures reminiscent of Central Park’s landscape. It was last restored in 2018.

The playground was designed by pioneering landscape architect M. Paul Friedberg, who envisioned an “adventure playground” that could blend in with the rest of Central Park, using a scale just right for children. The play space is constructed mainly from natural materials, and many of its features mimic other parts in the Park. A rustic wooden play structure looks like the nearby Dene summer house; a stone bridge is reminiscent of Gapstow Bridge, and the distinctive 45-foot granite slide seems to have grown naturally out of the rocky outcropping.

New features have also been added with later renovations like bucket swings, a water feature, and a net to climb above the sand area.

Location

East Side at 67th Street

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Age Groups

Pre-school, School-age

Features

Bucket and tire swings, an amphitheater spray feature, two granite slides set into a hill, a rustic net climber, and a sandbox and sand table, all set in a miniature park landscape with rustic structures and stone bridge.

Water Features

Yes

Restrooms

No

Accessibility

Accessible surface, water feature, and sand table; adaptive swings

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