Murray Playground

A climbing-focused playground with too many toddlers

Overall Score

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Official NYC Parks Website
Queens
Between 45th Ave and 45th Road at 11th Street.

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

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. 

Bruno's Review

“It’s good!”

About the Playground

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.

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 25, 2023

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