Our reconstruction of Bernard Family Playground introduced new and enhanced play features and met current accessibility and safety standards.
Bernard Family Playground, just east of the Harlem Meer, was built in the 1930s. The Conservancy reconstructed the playground in 1991 as part of the comprehensive restoration of the Harlem Meer landscape. The smallest of the Park’s playgrounds, it comprises three interconnected sections that function as independent play areas. Park-facing benches line all three spaces. The playground’s manageable size is conducive to the needs of small children and their caregivers.
The scope of this renovation included:
- Reconfiguring the swing area and replacing existing swings to comply with current safety standards
- Replacing the existing post-and-platform climber
- Introducing a new sandbox that incorporates an accessible sand table and water source for additional play value
- Constructing a user-active water spray feature that is interactive and conserves water
- Adding enhanced plantings
This project is part of the Conservancy’s effort to guide the continued stewardship of Central Park’s 21 playgrounds, as outlined in Plan for Play: A Framework for Rebuilding and Managing Central Park’s Playgrounds.
Restoration of the RavineOur restoration of the Ravine landscape included a complete reconstruction of paths and infrastructure, restoration of the historic watercourse (the Loch), addition of rustic features, and revegetation of the landscape. These improvements support a more diverse wildlife habitat, embrace historic woodland design elements, and provide a tranquil and scenic experience for the public.
East 110th Street Playground
The East 110th Street Playground offers children a range of play experiences in a scenic location near the shore of the Harlem Meer.
Restoration of the Conservatory Garden
Our restoration of the Conservatory Garden will focus on its hardscape—including pavements, retaining walls, and stairs, which are almost all original to the Garden’s 1937 construction.
The New Harlem Meer Center
We are rebuilding the former Lasker Rink and Pool to better integrate the facility into the landscape, offer new and enhanced outdoor activities, and increase access for communities around the north end of Central Park.