New York City is the birthplace of municipal playgrounds. In 1903, the first municipal park in the country equipped as a permanent playground opened within Seward Park. Today’s playgrounds are as varied as the city itself, with activities and equipment for children of all ages and abilities; athletic fields, courts, and fitness equipment for teens and adults, and relaxing areas, benches, and game tables for all to enjoy.
Playground hours vary, so be sure to check the rules sign located at park entrances to find out the hours for your neighborhood playground. You can also check the “More Information” tab below to find the hours of many neighborhood playgrounds.
Rules and Policies
Be sure to follow the rules posted at park and playground entrances. Bicycles, skates, skateboards, and scooters are prohibited. Pets are prohibited. At many playgrounds, adults are not allowed except when accompanying a child.
If you experience an issue with a playground or if you see someone violating a Parks rule, please visit our Contact Parks page.
Our mission is to ensure that playgrounds are accessible and available to all New Yorkers, especially including children with a physical or mental disability. Many of our playgrounds are designed with inclusive elements, including ramps and transfer stations for children with mobility issues, and sensory gardens and quiet spaces for children with autism or other sensory processing issues. Many playgrounds also feature companion seating and benches for adults with disabilities who are attending playgrounds with their children.
To figure out whether a playground is right for you and your child, browse the list for your neighborhood playground and select “More Information.”
- Wheelchair Accessible:
- A playground that has ramps or transfer stations or accessible play elements.
- Limited Wheelchair Access:
- A playground that offers wheelchair access through the entrance, but not to all play elements.
- ADA Accessible Comfort Station:
- A restroom icon indicates that the playground includes a comfort station. A restroom icon with a wheelchair indicates that the comfort station meets the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Inclusive Play Elements:
- These playgrounds contain elements designed for children with autism-spectrum disorders or other sensory processing disorders, such as loss of vision or hearing.