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Prospect Park features seven playgrounds, including some of the most interesting and dynamic in the City. Most have undergone recent renovations. Scattered evenly around the Park’s perimeter, they offer children imaginative schemes with safe and engaging play areas. All playgrounds feature state-of-the-art safety surfaces.

Keeping cool in the summer

Harmony, Vanderbilt, Lincoln, Imagination, and 3rd Street playgrounds have sprinklers to cool you down during the hot summer months. In addition, Lakeside, which will open in December 2013, will have the Park’s first water playground.


Garfield Tot Lot | Harmony Playground | Imagination Playground | Lincoln Road Playground | Stewart Playground | Third Street Playground | Vanderbilt Street Playground

Lincoln Road Playground

The Playground Committee
In 2004, the Playground Committee was formed when concerned parents joined with the Prospect Park Alliance to support the Park’s dynamic playgrounds. The Committee works to raise funds for and awareness of these crucial recreation areas. To date, the Committee has raised more than $300,000 to ensure that these spaces receive diligent maintenance and enhanced programming, and has called on elected officials to provide public funding to keep the playgrounds welcoming and available for generations to come. Learn more>


Garfield Tot Lot

Inside the Garfield Pl./Prospect Park West entrance
The only play area in the Park designed exclusively for toddlers, with plenty of safe wandering space and specially sized climbing equipment.



By Public Transportation: (MTA maps)
• F or G Train to 7th Ave. station.
• 2 or 3 Train to Grand Army Plaza station.

By Car:
From Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges: Take Flatbush Ave. to Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park West exit, to 3rd St.
From BQE: Take BQE to Prospect Expressway, 7th Ave. exit. Make left on 7th Ave., right on 3rd St. to Prospect Park West.

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Harmony Playground

Near the Bandshell at Prospect Park West between 9th and 11th Streets.
Harmony Playground gets its inspiration from the nearby Bandshell, with an exciting music motif that includes xylophones that kids can play. You’ll also find dreamy sculptures trumpeting great sprays of water and a roomy sandbox.



By Public Transportation: (MTA maps)
• F or G Train to 15th St./Prospect Park station.
• 2 or 3 Train to Grand Army Plaza station.
• B-68, B-69 or B-75 Buses to Prospect Park West & 9th St.

By Car:
From Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges: Take Flatbush Ave. to Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park West exit to 9th St.
From BQE: Take BQE to 38th St. exit. Make left on 4th Ave., then right on 9th St. to Prospect Park West. 

Watch a video (WPIX/ch11) with children and thier parents talking about why they love Harmony Playground.

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Imagination Playground

We're #1! Readers of Time Out New York Kids crowned Imagination Playground New York's best in the magazine's annual NYC Parents Awards reader poll.

From the article: "You'll notice the absence of standard kiddie fare like seesaws, swings or slides. Instead, Prospect Park's Imagination Playground encourages inventive play with fixtures like a bronze dragon statue that spews water instead of fire, a sculpture of a boy reading while reaching down to pet his dog, cutout animal masks that kids can set their faces in, and a stage with multiple platforms of different heights for little ones to play on. In the summer, programs including storytelling, plays, music and crafts are available."


Ezra Jack Keats Story HourEzra Jack Keats Storytelling Hour 

Every Saturday at 2 p.m. during July and August, the children of Brooklyn are treated to storytelling in the Imagination Playground.

Sponsored by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.

Imagination Playground is located near Ocean Avenue between the Parkside Avenue and Lincoln Road entrances.



By Public Transportation:
 (MTA Maps)
• Q, S or B Trains to Prospect Park station
• B16 Bus to Ocean Avenue and Empire Boulevard
• B41 Bus to Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard
• B43 Bus to Lincoln Road

By Car:
From Manhattan: From the Manhattan Bridge take Flatbush Avenue to Grand Army Plaza. Go halfway around the circle and continue on Flatbush Avenue (the Brooklyn Public Library will be on your left and the Park on your right). After you pass the Zoo and the Lefferts Historic House on your right, make a right hand turn at the traffic light at Ocean Avenue. Follow Ocean Avenue to Lincoln Road or Parkside Avenue.

From Queens & Long Island: From the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, exit at Tillary Street and turn left onto Flatbush Avenue. Then follow the directions from Manhattan.

From Staten Island:
• From the Verrazano Bridge follow the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, exit at Atlantic Avenue, making right onto Flatbush Avenue. Then follow the directions from Manhattan.

• Or, follow the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to the Prospect Expressway, exit at 11th Avenue. Make a left on 11th Avenue. Make a right on Prospect Park Southwest to Park Circle. Go three-fourths around the circle and continue on Parkside Avenue. Enter the Park or make a left on Ocean Avenue to Lincoln Road.

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Lincoln Road Playground

Lincoln Road Playground is located just inside the Lincoln Road/Ocean Avenue entrance.
 


By Public Transportation: (MTA Maps)
• Q, S or B Train to Prospect Park station
• B16 or B43 Bus to Ocean Avenue and Empire Boulevard
• B41 Bus to Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard
 
By Car:
From Manhattan: From the Manhattan Bridge take Flatbush Avenue to Grand Army Plaza. Go halfway around the circle and continue on Flatbush Avenue (the Brooklyn Public Library will be on your left and the Park on your right). After you pass the Zoo and the Lefferts Historic House on your right, make a right hand turn at the traffic light at Ocean Avenue. Follow Ocean Avenue to Lincoln Road.
 
From Queens & Long Island: From the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, exit at Tillary Street and turn left onto Flatbush Avenue. Then follow the directions from Manhattan.
 
From Staten Island:
• From the Verrazano Bridge follow the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, exit at Atlantic Avenue, making right onto Flatbush Avenue. Then follow the directions from Manhattan.

• Or, follow the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to the Prospect Expressway, exit at 11th Avenue. Make a left on 11th Avenue. Make a right on Prospect Park Southwest to Park Circle. Go three-fourths around the circle and continue on Parkside Avenue. Make a left on Ocean Avenue to Lincoln Road.

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Stewart Playground

At the corner of Caton Ave. and Parade Pl., near E. 16th St.
A great place to take the little kids while the big kids play on the adjoining athletic fields.



By Public Transportation: (MTA maps)
• F or G Train to Fort Hamilton Parkway station (@ Prospect Ave.)
• Q Train to Parkside Avenue station
• B-68 Bus along Coney Island Ave. to Parkside Ave.

By Car:
From Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges: Take Flatbush Avenue to Grand Army Plaza, continue on Flatbush, make right on Ocean Avenue, right on Parkside Avenue.
From BQE: Take BQE to Prospect Expressway, 10th Ave. exit. Make left on 11th Ave. Make right on Prospect Park Southwest to Park Circle. From Circle, follow Parkside Ave.


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Third Street Playground

Inside the 3rd Street/Prospect Park West entrance, next to Litchfield Villa.
Located in a beautifully wooded dale, this playground features a maze of swings, jungle gyms and walkways surrounded by shady benches.



By Public Transportation: (MTA maps)
• F or G Train to 7th Ave. station.
• 2 or 3 Train to Grand Army Plaza station.

By Car:
From Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges: Take Flatbush Ave. to Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park West exit, to 3rd St.
From BQE: Take BQE to Prospect Expressway, 7th Ave. exit. Make left on 7th Ave., right on 3rd St. to Prospect Park West.


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Vanderbilt Street Playground

The Vanderbilt Street PlaygroundEnjoy the playground completely renovated in 2010!



By Public Transportation: (MTA maps)
• F or G Train to Fort Hamilton Parkway station (@ Prospect Ave.).
• B-68 Bus along Coney Island Ave./Prospect Park Southwest.

By Car:
From Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges: Take Flatbush Ave. to Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park West exit, make left on Prospect Park Southwest at Bartel- Pritchard Circle to Vanderbilt St.
From BQE: Take BQE to Prospect Expressway, 10th Ave. exit. Make left on 11th Ave. Make right on Prospect Park Southwest to Vanderbilt St. 

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Hours

Playgrounds close at sunset.
Every Saturday during the spring/summer season there are free cultural and educational programs for kids on the stage of Imagination Playground.



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