Heckscher Playground, New York City

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Heckscher Playground is a play area located in New York City's Central Park, located close to Central Park South between Sixth Avenue and Seventh Avenue. It is the oldest and largest of Central Park's 22 playgrounds.
Opened in 1926, Heckscher Playground is named for philanthropist August Heckscher. Initially, it faced opposition from groups who did not want a playground within the Central Park landscape, but the playground grew popular with middle- and working-class families after its opening. Its success soon led to the construction of additional playgrounds in Central Park. Heckscher Playground has been rebuilt several times, including in the 1930s and twice in the 1970s.

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  • Great area for younger kids with the swings and slides. Bigger kids and bored parents can frighten their parents/partners by climbing on the huge rock formations. Worth an hour.  more »
  • Our family loves this playground- really wonderful place with a diverse group of play equipment, well-maintained, and close to either side of the park.  more »
  • Fun Little splash pad. Fun rocks to climb for bigger kids. Unique and fun park. Fenced in for child safety. Only food vendors nearby and they don't take credit
  • Fun splash park for the little ones. I’d appreciate better fencing to seal off points of entry, but the native New Yorkers seemed a lot more comfortable with it. Last time we visited the flowing water seemed to be a little deeper (1.0 in vs 0.5 in) and felt fresher.

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