INSIDE: All you need to know about the Diana Ross Playground in New York City. Updated 2019.
This is one of the best Central Park Playgrounds in NYC for adventurous kids.
The centrepiece of the playground is a GIANT SIZED timber fort structure.
In my mind, the Diana Ross playground timber fort has a likeness to the “Giant’s Causeway”, a natural wonder of hexagonal, lava-forged rocks in Ireland, made by the forces of nature.
It’s the upright timbers of varying heights that does it, and makes it a wonderful unique playground to visit in New York.
- 1 The Diana Ross Playground in Central Park New York
- 2 What you’ll find at the Diana Ross Playground Central Park
- 3 Bonus! Golden Light at Diana Ross Playground NYC
- 4 Central Park Playground Swings
- 5 Water Play at Diana Ross Park
- 6 The Inside Scoop – Manhattan Playgrounds in New York with Kids
- 7 How to get to Central Park Diana Ross Playground
- 8 Diana Ross Playground Map
- 9 Facilites at Diana Ross Central Park playground
- 10 Toadstool Rating.
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The Diana Ross Playground in Central Park New York
The boys see something different.
To them, the Diana Ross Playground is a parkour-lover’s dream destination with a multitude of structures and levels to climb, jump, skip over, and scramble along.
Whatever you and your bunch see, the Diana Ross Playground is tonnes of fun for kids of all ages.
Surrounded by a colossal ring of bench seating perfect for tired moms (and bums), this Central Park playground deserves a mention, and a visit.
I cannot write this story without mentioning that the Diana Ross playground was funded by singer Diana Ross and family after her historic Great Lawn concert in 1983!
It’s totally her doing that this epic playground in New York exists.
What a gal.
What you’ll find at the Diana Ross Playground Central Park
The EPIC timber fort playground
- The aforementioned timber fort playground in New York city has:
varying levels and heights
- ascending stairs
- balance beams
This timber fort is THE perfect playground for a game of hide-and-seek with new friends in Central park.
Log bridges and swing bridges help the kids to get from fort to fort.
There’s a medieval feel to the fort, just right for children who love to dress up as Kings, Queens and Jesters for imaginative play
BYO Sandbox Toys
One giant sandbox hides within the fort structure as underfoot soft fall.
BYO sandpit toys:
- buckets and spades
- ice cream scoops
- spare containers
- cookie cutters.
A super-long and super-high metal slide was Ned’s favourite thing of all.
Jack took his turn to slide down too. Thankfully, his big brother was there to catch him.
There’s a bunch of smaller metal slides for younger children too, plus a covered slide, and a twirly corkscrew slide.
Bonus! Golden Light at Diana Ross Playground NYC
Visit in the late afternoon and be bathed in magnificent golden light!
It’s one of the few times in New York that the light has thrilled me to the core.
Playgrounds in New York are so often cast in the shadows of the New York skyscrapers so to be enveloped in warm golden light for an hour or so was a real treat.
Central Park Playground Swings
The Diana Ross playground features two tire swings, plus a row of bucket seat swings separated from the main playground by a fence.
This is the baby playground area for kids.
Water Play at Diana Ross Park
The hexagonal water feature at the Diana Ross playground is chockablock with kids in summer.
This Central Park water playground is a fave spot to beat the heat during summer vacation.
The Inside Scoop – Manhattan Playgrounds in New York with Kids
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Address: The Diana Ross playground is located inside the park at West 81st Street and Central Park West.
Telephone: +1 212-310-6600
Website: Click here
Opening Hours: 8am to dusk
Entry Fees: Free
How to get to Central Park Diana Ross Playground
- By Bus: M10 bus to Central PK w/w 79 St
- By Subway Train: Take the B or C train to 81st St-Museum of Natural History
- On Foot: 25 minutes wander from Heckscher Playground
- By Car/Taxi/Uber: Disembark at Central Park West & W 81st St
Parking: Many parking garages are available nearby.
Diana Ross Playground Map
Facilites at Diana Ross Central Park playground
Nearest takeaway coffee and/or food options: Good Enough to Eat Cafe at 520 Columbus Ave, New York. All-day menu of updated American comfort fare served in casual, farmhouse-themed cafe.
Toilets: No. Closest at the American Museum of Natural History, or across the park at Conservatory Water.
Disability access: Limited.
Closest ATM: Citibank ATM across the road at 441 Columbus Ave, New York
Ground cover: Timber platforms, sand soft fall, gravel, recycled rubber
Picnic tables: No, but lots of bench seating
Electric BBQs: No
Water Bubblers/fountains: Yes
Scooters and Bikes: Yes
Notes: This playground was last reviewed in 2019.
Pop this on your list of Central Park playgrounds to discover. Make it a must-do stop by on the way home from your visit to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.
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