Diana Ross Playground

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

Located near the Park’s West 81st Street entrance and just steps from the American Museum of Natural History, the Diana Ross Playground was made possible by the acclaimed singer, who funded it after her historic 1983 benefit concert on the Great Lawn.

It wasn’t the first playground at this site; the original was built in 1935–36 and updated in 1969, but ultimately fell into disrepair. Ross’s donation allowed the Conservancy to build the current playground in 1987, “one of the most fulfilling aspects of her life and career.’’

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Each year, more than 3 million children visit Central Park’s 21 playgrounds. The Playground Partners raises funds that go toward the preservation, care, and daily inspection of these cherished play spaces.

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