226 W 150th st.
45 W 139th St
40 Pinehurst Ave.
Photo By: Mathew Henry
By Bohemia Agent Karen Paul
Spring has finally sprung and there is no better time to let the kidlets tire themselves out at one of NYC’s many fun-tastic playgrounds. Uptown has quite a few noteworthy play parks including these fabulous three:
Indian Road Playground features a Native American theme in honor of its location along the trail that was once used by the Rechgawawanc clan of the Weekquaeskeek tribe, and features a wooden canoe that kids can sit in or fill with sand and a Native symbol–bearing tic-tac-toe game. Other noteworthy attractions include a nicely shaded sand pit, swings for toddlers and older children, two sprinkler areas, high-tech looking climbing structures, and a grassy area for picnicking or just crawling around.
Indian Road Playground is located in Inwood Hill Park. Enter at 214th Street between Seaman Avenue and Indian Road.
Tarr Family Playground is a sprawling, destination playground with an area for preschoolers and one geared toward older children, cleverly divided by a central bridge that stretches over a "lake" of sand. The playground includes a large conical climber with a tunnel and slides, a modern net climber, swings for all ages, a wooden tree house, and a concrete maze. There is also a water feature for those hot, humid days.
Tarr Family Playground is located on the west side of Central Park at 100th street.
East 110th Street Playground was completely renovated in 2013 and it’s fabulous, featuring the latest in playground design. Four circular spaces connected by a wooden walkway feature different activities: a water-cooling area, an elaborate wooden play structure, tire swings, and – in the last section – big-kid swings. In addition to having beautiful views of the Meer, rock outcroppings, and distant hills, the playground is adjacent to the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, which offers additional recreational opportunities. Fishing poles are available for children and adults to borrow for catch-and-release fishing in the Meer.
Central Park's East 110th Street Playground is located inside the park at 110th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues.
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