Bernard Family Playground

A compact playground overlooking the Harlem Meer

Overall Score

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Official NYC Parks Website
Manhattan
East 108th Street in Central Park

Features

Neighborhood
Bathrooms
No
Yes
, But NEARBY
Shade:
No
Yes
Water feature:
No
Yes
Sandbox:
No
Yes
Drinking Fountain
No
Yes
Additional DETAILS BELOW

Reviews

Not Your Nanny's Review

Playground Papa's Review

This tiny playground is tucked into a shady corner of the east side of Central Park overlooking the Harlem Meer. 

The playground is designed for younger children. The small size sandpit was in good condition though, and was the focal point of activity for many of the children playing there. 

The swings were well off onto one side, and the water feature was mostly separated from the rest of the equipment too, set out at the back end of the playground. This would make it very easy to keep a child dry in the middle of the summer. 

The climbing equipment was notably small, and even on a crisp February afternoon was too crowded. Presumably on a warmer day this playground would be overwhelmed by small children. 

There are lovely views of the Harlem Meer, and one trick to getting our toddler motivated to leave was the promise of looking at the ducks. And fruit snacks, but that was just what I had in my pocket. 

Overall our toddler mostly wanted to play in the sand, and wasn't all that concerned with the actual playground equipment.

Bruno's Review

About the Playground

First built in the 1930s, the playground is the smallest in Central Park. It was reconstructed in 1991, but maybe not improved.

Additional Features

Equipment

Slides:
Yes
No
Tic Tac Toe:
No
Yes
Toddler Swings:
No
Yes
Belt Swings:
No
Yes
CHIMES / Drums:
No
Yes
Tunnel:
No
Yes
PicNic Tables:
No
Yes
Suspension Bridge:
No
Yes

Climbing equipment

LaDDERS:
No
Yes
CLIMBING WALL:
No
Yes
ROPE:
No
Yes
STAIRS:
No
Yes
RAMP:
No
Yes
Monkey Bars:
No
Yes
Chain Ladder:
No
Yes
Weird Climbing Thing:
No
Yes

Accessibility

Sensory Panels:
No
Yes
Other Sensory Equipment:
No
Yes
Accessible Swing:
No
Yes
Balance Beam:
No
Yes
RAMP:
No
Yes
Last updated:
February 6, 2024

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