This toddler only playground overlooks the east river and the soccer field just below it.
Although relatively new compared to some other playgrounds we frequent, it is already showing its age. The equipment is fading and there is grass growing between the foam safety tiles. The water feature drain is clogged and water pools in it. The parks department doesn't seem to be maintaining this.
The playground itself is small. While its easy to only half-heartedly watch a toddler here, it got boring pretty quickly.
There are some wheels to turn, but not much else for sensory input. Our toddler was a lot more interested in jumping in the standing water from the clogged water feature drain than in the playground equipment. There is no separation of the water from the equipment, so it was easier to leave than fight a toddler to stay dry.
There are nice views and a few tiny trees but not much protection from morning and midday sun. Sunsets are remarkable though with sight lines for the Empire State Building and Hudson yards.
Overall, this is not particularly nice playground. The best use-case is probably entertaining the younger sibling of a child playing in the sports field. There are better playgrounds nearby.
The park was built in 2010. It was rezoned under Michael Bloomberg when waterfront properties were zoned for high rise towers and surrounding neighborhoods had their zoning reduced, leading to higher housing costs in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. The park is adjacent to East River State park, and a fence separates the two entities. Gates between the parks are sometimes locked owning to miscommunication between the park agencies.