East 110th Street Playground

A sunny playground overlooking the Harlem Meer

Overall Score

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Official NYC Parks Website
Manhattan
Central Park N and Malcolm X Blvd

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 wooden playground at the top of Central Park is flooded by afternoon sun. 

There are a lot of interesting shapes and things for children to climb on in this playground reminiscent of the structures we grew up with. The wood was a bit worn, but that's alright. The main climbing structure has a lot of the weirdness absent from more typical metal structures and plenty of opportunity for more imaginative play.

There were plenty of ramps and stacked blocks for curious climbers. A few times our toddler got to the top of the blocks only to realize he didn't know how to get down, stuck like a cat in a tree. Certainly I had some anxiety about him potentially falling off of these, but the real life risk seemed like something we should push our children towards. 

Further into the playground were belt swings and tire swings. We didn't get that far, but they looked totally fine. 

The top of the park is bathed in afternoon sun though. It overlooks the Harlem Meer, a muddy pond filled with ducks and geese. But this high on the park there are no shadows from high rise towers– just the long rays of late winter sun. It was especially warm for February, but there seems to be plenty of trees offering some protection for the summer months. 

In the end, our toddler gave up on climbing and exploring, preferring to watch the ducks in the pond. 

Bruno's Review

“I don’t like it, I want to see the gooses again”

About the Playground

A renovation in 2013 created the existing structure and layout.

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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