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Important Winter Storm-Related Service Changes

New York City parks are now open. We continue to urge caution in parks under wintry conditions: parks paths can be slippery, snow cover can cover frozen lakes and bodies of water, and branches may have fallen. If you see a fallen branch call 311.

Some recreation centers will open from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. today with limited staffing.

For more information, please visit our Storm Update page.

Official Website of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

Rainbow Playground

6 Ave. bet. 55 St. and 56 St.

Brooklyn

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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

It is fitting that one of nature’s loveliest displays should provide the name for this playground in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park. The colors of the rainbow, intense when they first appear, gradually soften and combine, an appropriate metaphor for a community where diverse cultures live and work together in a harmonious blend.

Parks Commissioner Robert Moses (1888-1981) first proposed this playground in February 1954. In a letter to the Board of Estimate, he requested the assignment to Parks of “the entire easterly frontage of Sixth Avenue between 55th and 56th Street.” According to the letter, “this parcel is the only vacant area in a densely built-up community in [this] section of Brooklyn and the nearest recreational facilities are over half a mile away.” The Board of Estimate assigned the property to Parks a month later and it became the 56th Street Park

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Rainbow Playground

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    Rainbow Playground Weather

    • Wed
      Becoming Sunny
      31°F
    • Thu
      Increasing Clouds
      34°F
    • Fri
      Chance Light Snow
      35°F
    • Sat
      Sunny
      22°F

    7-day forecast

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