The play space celebrates a resident of the Hudson River Park Estuary: The pipefish! He's on display in all his glory as a massive, multi-colored slide designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh (the landscape architect behind the White House, among other projects). The fish isn't the only attraction in Chelsea Waterside Playground—there are water features, a fun sand area plus a shaded region where parents can sit in a lushly-planted setting and catch a breather—a huge relief during the dog days of summer.
Playgrounds in NYC are way more than just swings and slides. There are a dizzying array of options throughout all the five boroughs, these gathering spots for city kids are designed for fun, memory-making and a whole lot more. From classic playgrounds to water playgrounds — an essential summertime activity — kids are spoiled for choice. Some playgrounds, however, go above and beyond and are worth a trip from wherever you live. These gorgeous NYC playgrounds are colorful, innovative, design-forward, whimsical and even educational. They’ll foster your kids’ curiosity and creativity while they play. Even if you don’t live nearby, these amazing playgrounds are near other kid-friendly attractions and museums, so grab your MetroCard or hop on a bike for a playground adventure you won’t forget.