Diana Ross Playground

Diana Ross Playground

Nestled at the base of Summit Rock — the Park’s highest natural elevation — Diana Ross Playground pairs ample shade and open space with a large play structure at its center, setting the stage for young imaginations at play.

Diana Ross Playground is located near the Park’s West 81st Street entrance just steps from the American Museum of Natural History. The playground was made possible by the singer herself, who funded it after her historic 1983 benefit concerts on the Great Lawn. Ross’ donation allowed the Conservancy to rebuild the playground in 1987; she deemed it “one of the most fulfilling aspects of [her] life and career.’’


Summit Rock

West Side at 81st-85th Streets

Winterdale Arch

West Side at 81st Street

Toll Family Playground

West Side at 85th Street


West Side at 81st Street

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Age Groups

Pre-school, School-age


Climbing net, bridges, firepoles, slides, ladders, bucket swings.

Water Features




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