This playground was originally designed in 1988 by the architect Richard Dattner, who designed several playgrounds in Central Park during the 1960s and 1970s, including Adventure Playground and Ancient Playground. The Central Park Conservancy rebuilt Tarr-Coyne Wild West Playground in 2015 based on this original design, with all new wood play features and a new water feature.
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 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.