Ruppert Park Playground

A terrible playground in a park overrun by dogs.

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Official NYC Parks Website
Manhattan
Second Ave between East 90 St and East 91 St

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

A very confusing place you can skip. The terraced landscaping is cool, but the overall park mainly consists of an active dog run, and the people using that have taken over most of the rest of it to go off-leash. All of the paths then lead up to a playground with toddler-only equipment…you see the problem. Most of the pathways are blocked off by police-style barricades, but when we visited, our toddler still managed to escape, get yapped at by a particularly angry dog, and run scared into a pile of dog poop. Really not a great visit and I don’t think we’ll be back to find out if it was characteristic or not.

Playground Papa's Review

A tiny toddler park, Ruppert Playground was poorly maintained and overrun by dogs. 

There were only two pieces of equipment, both small and designed for toddlers. Not a problem for us, since we have a toddler, although he did seem bored pretty quickly. He spent a lot of time running back and forth between the two pieces. 

The out of control dogs were frightening, and there was a lot of dog crap all over the place. The playground isn't gated, so the unleashed dogs could wander into the playground area. More importantly, the toddlers could wander away toward the dogs or the street. Some French barricades were placed around the exits and entrances to the playground to thwart runaway babies, but this isn't an actual solution. 

The disappointment is the setting was actually lovely, and if any amount of care was put into this playground, it would be a great place to spend a few minutes. There were plenty of trees and the playground area wasn't that crowded (probably because it was terrible otherwise). 

Our time at this park ended when our toddler stepped in a steaming pile of poo. I told myself it belonged to the dogs. 

Bruno's Review

About the Playground

Named for Colonel Jacob Ruppert, a beer enthusiast and brewer.

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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