This city playground looks like too much fun

“A busy day at Heckscher Playground” reads the caption of this 1927 Parks Department photo, taken in Central Park.

It’s an old playground—the area that became Heckscher was set aside for play back in 1858 according to Central Park’s original design.

Check out that jungle gym (is that cement on the ground?) and those tall curlicue slides—they would never be allowed in playgrounds these days.

But these little New Yorkers look like they’re having a blast on gear deemed unsafe by today’s standards.

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3 Responses to “This city playground looks like too much fun”

  1. T.J. Connick Says:

    Around our neck of the woods, we called them “monkey bars” and “sliding ponds”.

  2. Lisanne! Says:

    Yep, we call them by such names in southern Brooklyn. It might be a generational thing.

  3. Alex Says:

    I also remember them as monkey bars. And yes even in the 1960s underneath was concrete, not the rummber mats we see today.

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