Ruth and Arthur Smadbeck-Heckscher East Playground

Ruth And Arthur Smadbeck Heckscher East Playground

Ruth and Arthur Smadbeck-Heckscher East Playground, found just south of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is designed to delight preschoolers. Young visitors can enjoy custom sandboxes and an accessible sand table, a climber, a slide, balancers, and a water spray feature.

Also popular is the charming Group of Bears sculpture, crafted by artist Paul Manship, found on a platform just outside the entrance. The playground is also referred to as the Three Bears Playground.


East Side at 79th Street

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Age Groups

Pre-school, Toddler


Bucket swings, a climber, slide, and sandbox with a sand table.

Water Features





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

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