Robert Bendheim Playground
Robert Bendheim Playground is located adjacent to the East Meadow and just inside the East 99th Street entrance.
The Central Park Conservancy completed our latest renovation of this playground in spring 2021—we met current safety and accessibility standards, fixed items that were in disrepair, and revived the landscape character.
We last reconstructed the playground in 1997 to make its central play structure, sandbox and sand tables, swings and bucket swings, and water spray feature universally accessible for all children—making it a space designed for children of all abilities.
Central Park has 21 playgrounds that are unique in design and character. Most of them were built in the 1930s as part of a system of playgrounds located along the Park perimeter. The Central Park Conservancy regularly updates these spaces to include new equipment and infrastructure that reflect changing ideas about children’s play and safety and accessibility standards. Since 2011, the Conservancy has been working to rebuild or renovate all the Park’s playgrounds, with the goal of bringing each of them up to the same standard of excellence at the same time and focusing on making them feel more connected to the Park’s landscapes and experiences.