I love this ship themed playground in the middle of DUMBO.
Even though this playground was crowded, it was large and a fun change from the standard formats around the city. The main piece of equipment is a large deconstructed sailing ship – easily a pirate ship for the creative minds.
The other elements of the playground are on theme too with other smaller boats for climbing and for water and even a rowboat-shaped sandbox. The water feature includes a steamship. This entire playground is the product of someone thinking through the theme and really letting their imagination run wild.
There are plenty of platforms for the kids to run around on, and ramps and stairs to climb. There are a few loop-shaped paths to follow on and off the equipment, and there is even a ramp onto the main ship's deck.
Since this is DUMBO afterall, the playground is in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge. There are plenty of tourists in the area, but the playground is fairly well secluded and surrounded by trees.
There are lots of slides and plenty of ways of using the imagination in this playground. The one element that was lacking was the amount of sensory equipment. There were a few items tot play with, but compared to some of the more modern playgrounds, the selection was very limited.
This is absolutely a destination playground. We'll be back, not just because DUMBO is a popular destination, but because the playground itself is worth another visit.
The playground is part of the Brooklyn Bridge Park along the East River waterfront. The playground is betweenn the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge at the northern end of the 1.3 mile park.