Toll Family Playground

Photo by Timothy Schenck

Toll Family Playground is one of two playgrounds located in the West 80s, near the entrance at West 85th Street and within the site of Seneca Village.

The Central Park Conservancy rebuilt this playground in 2016 to provide a more dynamic experience for young children, with an open design that includes plenty of space for games and running around as well as a diversity of play equipment.

The playground’s most prominent features are two small playhouses, inspired by similar structures that were popular in the Park’s playgrounds during the 1930s. The playground is also located at the base of Summit Rock, the highest natural point in the Park and a popular destination for picnics, games, and exploring. Two other playgrounds, Abraham and Joseph Spector Playground and Pinetum Playground, are also nearby.

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.

A wide-angle view down the length of the playground, shot from above and behind a row of infant swing sets.
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