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Imagination Playground

Front St., John St., and South St.

Manhattan

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Imagination Playground at Burling Slip, designed by famed architect David Rockwell, is an interactive, transformable space that prompts children to manipulate their environment and create a play space of their own with sand, water and loose parts. With giant foam blocks, mats, wagons, fabric, and crates at their fingertips, children have the potential to build and explore endless possibilities.

Imagination Playground addresses a broader spectrum of play needs through opportunities for fantasy and cooperative play, in addition to the traditional running, jumping, and climbing. Kids need to be active on many levels, and they need to exercise their minds as well as their muscles. Research shows that children at the age of eight who have experienced varied and challenging play are considerably better prepared to benefit from ongoing formal education.

Imagination Playground at Burling Slip is free and open to the public from  9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. daily. Staff is on site during these hours to facilitate play. It is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

When the weather is unseasonably warm, we will try to extend the hours.

Interested in making a group reservation for your school class? Please call 311, or visit 311 Online.

Park Information

  • Imagination Playground, July 27, 2010
  • Imagination Playground, July 27, 2010
  • Imagination Playground, July 27, 2010
  • Imagination Playground, July 27, 2010
  • Imagination Playground, July 27, 2010

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