Hidden down a newly redeveloped section of the waterfront in Greenpoint, the Huron playground is one we came upon by accident.
I keep ending up here on days when my wife has other things to do. I don't think she's actually ever been here. There isn't much shade, in part because it's a brand new build. It sits at the very tip of the relatively recently redeveloped block at the base of The Greenpoint, the first tower in the massive redevelopment of the Greenpoint waterfront.
That tower is the first thing that you really notice in the playground. It looms over the space. My initial impression actually was that this wasn't a public park at all but some weird amenity built by the developer. Right now, the entire patch of greenspace spanning the block between India Street to Huron Street feels like a private part of the development. It also doesn't go anywhere, but in theory it will eventually connect open space from the Pulaski Bridge spanning the Newtown Creek to Domino Park in one long continuous stretch of park.
When that waterfront park is complete, Huron Street will be just a couple blocks from the far more interesting Transmitter Park. There's nothing wrong with the Huron Street playground. It's shiny and new and has plenty of sensory play. But it's kind of boring and generic. It's also relatively small and compact, limiting the amount of space for kids to run around.
The park has some essential playground elements like slides and ladders and things to climb. It's great for a quick place to burn off a bit of toddler energy, but it's not the kind of place that you end up wanting to spend much time. It just isn't fun.
The fact that the playground is new is the most endearing quality. The rubber tiles are still square to the ground and nothing is rusting. On the other hand, good luck hiding from the sun.
Moreover, some of the sensory panels are already malfunctioning. This seems to be a trend across the parks. The mechanical elements break and never get fixed.
There are nice views of Manhattan. It's hard to complain about the playgrounds along the waterfront. In the spring and fall there is a nice cool breeze – but this one is really exposed and I suspect in winter, the wind will make it too cold to use.
This is a totally adequate playground, especially for families moving to the new construction surrounding the lot. However, it isn't much of a destination, especially compared to the other playgrounds in Greenpoint.
This newly built park is part of a larger waterfront development. The lot is part of the larger Greenpoint and Williamsburg open space plan. The park is officially known as the Greenpoint Public Park, designated as B588, but the parks department doesn't offer much information beyond that.
The park is designed in theory to offer a buffer from storm surges and was built at the same time the Greenpoint tower at 21 India Street was built.