Poseidon Playground

Surf Ave. bet. W. 25 St. to W. 27 St., Boardwalk


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

Bounded by Surf Avenue, West 25th Street, West 27th Street, and the Riegelmann Boardwalk, this playground is one of two in Coney Island named for the god of the seas. Poseidon was the ancient Greek god of the seas and the older brother of Zeus, king of the gods. The other playground named for the sea god, Neptune Playground, located on West 12th Street, is named for Poseidon's Roman counterpart. Usually, Poseidon is represented with a three-pronged spear, the trident, which he used to smash rocks, calm the sea, or stir up storms. Much like the seas he ruled, the god was renowned by the ancient Greeks for his moody and ever-changing behavior. Poseidon would just as soon disrupt the waters during the voyages of anyone who dared cross him as he would aid them. According to Greek mythology, Poseidon punished the mariner and adventurer Odysseus for blinding his son, the Cyclops Polyphemus. Yet, Poseidon also aided the hero Theseus in finding King Minos' ring after Minos had cast h…

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