Small but mighty with great East River views. The ship theme is fun and, fittingly, the water feature takes up a pretty large proportion of the space. Not a destination but nice to know about if you’re in the area!
Not every playground has the imagination of this one. Roughly shaped like a ship's bow, it's easy to imagine yourself riding on a deconstructed pirate ship.
There's a nice flow to the equipment where it is easy for children to enter and then slide down. The ramparts and platforms have a shape roughly like a boat, and the water feature is designed to look like a sailboat. Beyond these details there isn't much that is worth talking about. It is a fairly standard piece of equipment.
There aren't any swings, and while the parks department says it has sensory equipment, there are definitely better places to stimulate kids.
The playground is in full sun. The small tree in the center of the playground will offer our grandchildren a beautiful place to play, but otherwise it's always hard to hide from the sun here. In the winter, it's often cold from the river's wind.
This makes for a nice neighborhood destination, but also feels like an afterthought. Generally our toddler had more fun running around on the pier looking at boats than playing on the equipment.
The waterfront park was built in 2012 on land that once held the radio towers for WNYC. There is also a pier leading out into the river.