West 110th Street Playground

A Toddler-friendly Playground at the top of Central Park

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Official NYC Parks Website
Manhattan
110th Street and Central Park West

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

A nice neighborhood playground at the top of Central Park, this playground has limited options for older children.

 We arrived late in the afternoon in early February–one of those rare sunny days this year. The playground was already in the shade with the sun blocked by a rocky outcropping, and I'm sure in the height of summer this would be a feature rather than a bug, but in the middle of winter, it was just cold. (By contrast, the East 110th Street playground was in full sun with nothing casting shadows except the trees). 

The playground area is also rather quiet because its sunken below the roadway, so even though the tops of buses are visible passing by on 110th Street, it remained quiet down in the valley. 

The playground is definitely more likely to appeal to small toddlers. Even our toddler found the selection of equipment boring, and primarily wanted to play in the sandbox. 

Each section of the playground is well separated from the other, so the toddler equipment, water feature, rope tower, and tire swing each has its own section. However, overall the playground is kind of sparse. The lack of equipment made it easy to keep track of our kid, but also meant it was kind of a boring place to play.

The one section with climbing and spinning equipment also had mounds underneath the rubbery ground material. This weird playground feature was the one interesting element at this playground. 

The equipment is painted a gray color that blends into the surroundings, but also adds to the depressing, this-isn't-fun feeling. I would bet that some elderly Central Park Conservancy board member complained that the brightly colored playground equipment was garish and ugly. 

When we spoke to some other parents with children in the sandbox they mentioned that it was usually a crowded playground and were surprised, despite the chilly temperatures, at how empty it was. 

A pair of pre-teens showed up and one of them said to the other that the playground was "way funner" before the most recent renovation. (They referenced the removal of a piece of equipment that was no longer there). But that was my general impression too.

These things spin. The pre-teens thought these weren't as fun as whatever was originally in this spot.

The modernization efforts undertaken by the Central Park Conservancy aren't necessarily improving the playgrounds, but rather is bringing them inline with what a childless-person's idea of a playground should be. 

Bruno's Review

I stay and play in the sand

About the Playground

The playground was original designed in the 1930s. The lack of equipment is apparently a design feature.

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:
February 6, 2024

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