Garden Playground

A mediocre playground used as a thoroughfare for mopeds

Overall Score

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Official NYC Parks Website
Brooklyn
Between Garden Street and Beaver Street at Flushing Avenue

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

Not my favorite! There was a lot of trash and one of the slides was covered in dried brown gunk; a motorcycle blew through the park next to the playground to cut a corner; and our kid ran right out of the huge open gates into the street. 

Playground Papa's Review

This is one of the worst playgrounds in north Brooklyn. 

The biggest offense of this playground is that many motorcycles, electric scooters, and mopeds are using the playground as a thoroughfare between Beaver and Garden Streets. There are big gates on either street entrance, and riders simply buzz through here at full speed, making it very unsafe for children to be playing in the actual playground. 

Full on motorcycles were cutting through the playground all afternoon

The wide open gates are very unsafe for children who like to run away, as our toddler did. He was halfway into traffic by the time we caught him. I'm sure it's easier for the parks department to have big open gates large enough for two tractor trailers to pull through, but it creates an incredible dangerous situation for a playground with small children. 

There isn't much shade here either and the whole playground has been paved over so don't expect much relief in the height of summer. At least the frog water spray was working. 

There is a small toddler section and not much else. A lot of the equipment is various climbing structures. I mostly saw adult men working out on these monkey bars. There is plenty of flat space which would be good for learning how to use a razor scooter, roller skates, or running around – assuming you don't mind the constant vehicle traffic cutting through here. 

Overall this is clearly a playground the city has neglected because the primary beneficiaries are impoverished neighbors. 

The playground is also directly under the La Guardia flight path with jets passing over every two minutes at peak times.  

I'm pretty sure we will never come back to this playground again.

Bruno's Review

About the Playground

Named for the garden of Tunis Joralemon, a New Jersey native.

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:
October 30, 2023

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