The first time we came to this playground, it was empty. We were there in the middle of a crisp November afternoon, which might explain why nobody else was there. It was quite a different scene on a warm September afternoon.
The toddler equipment had small slides and short platforms are great for smaller kids, but not enough space for the volume of small toddlers trying to use it. Part of the problem was the structures designed for older children was dedicated to climbing and hanging. There were no platforms or slides for older children.
The sandbox was a nice little feature–a simple round hole filled with sand. Unfortunately, the material installed around the equipment to mitigate injuries from falling doesn't mix well with the sand. Any sand that got out of the pit made the whole area very slippery.
Not many playgrounds have little play houses, but this one did and had little balance stools around it. They weren't so good for stepping on, but they were good for sitting.
There were some balance poles that our toddler seemed to like standing on. These were part of the equipment designed for climbing and hanging, but a lot of this was confusing as to how to use it.
The parks department had locked the bathrooms up early even though it was a warm Saturday afternoon. It's hard to think cutting the parks budget to pay or police overtime is benefiting the community when the bathrooms are all locked up.
The park is named for John F. Murray, a lifetime Queens resident. He was a parks department recreation supervisor. It was last renovated in 2010 and 2014.