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New kid-friendly play area to open in Prospect Park (slide show)

The Donald and Barbara Zucker Natural Exploration Area, located on Nellie's Lawn, gives kids a fence-less place to play in the beloved green space.

  • Photograph: Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

    The Donald and Barbara Zucker Natural Exploration Area in Prospect Park

  • Photograph: Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

    The Donald and Barbara Zucker Natural Exploration Area in Prospect Park

  • Photograph: Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

    The Donald and Barbara Zucker Natural Exploration Area in Prospect Park

Photograph: Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

The Donald and Barbara Zucker Natural Exploration Area in Prospect Park


Come Sunday, October 6, families visiting Prospect Park will have a whole new spot to seek out: the Donald and Barbara Zucker Natural Exploration Area. Located in the northeast corner of the park that Olmsted once called the Children's Area (just north of the zoo), the open play space is dotted with structures—step, tunnels and climbing "equipment"—made of trees felled by storms like Hurricane Sandy, and other natural materials. In addition to climbing over, under and through the creations, kids will also learn something about the history of the park's trees through special signage. A playground that's not a playground? Bravo!

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