Ruth and Arthur Smadbeck Heckscher East Playground (East 79th Street Playground)

The playground adjacent to the Metropolitan Museum of Art at East 79th Street, also known as the Three Bears Playground, was reopened in September 2014. The pre-existing playground was an intimate space surrounded by plantings that contained small-scaled features popular with younger children. The new design responded to this scale and use and built on this integration with the Park. The playground consists of three small circular play areas enveloped by new and existing plantings. A central area contains small, discrete play features: a sandbox, slide, climber, water spray feature, and two spinners. The two other spaces contain swings. The playground is enclosed with a low seat wall and a fence, which is mostly hidden in the landscape.