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Minetta Playground

New York has plenty of destination-worthy playgrounds and public spaces, but I find myself continually thankful for the existence of the smaller neighborhood playgrounds, one or more of which can nearly always be found in areas we like to frequent for meals, shopping and entertainment, making them convenient places to stop and burn off a bit of energy. Minetta Playground is an excellent example, located in the heart of Manhattan’s Greenwich Village and home to a bright blue and green play structure that’s as appealing for older toddlers as it seems to be for school-age children. Though modest in size, the playground keeps my daughter entertained for a surprisingly long time, and the climbing elements are some of the more unique I’ve seen around the city. She adores scaling the spider web-like net stretching through the middle of the structure and is challenged to gingerly make her way across the wobbly green discs spanning one edge of the space.

The playground equipment is quite new, having been remodeled in 2012, and beyond the main play structure it has two swings for babies and toddlers near the Minetta Street end and a sprinkler that operates in the warmer months along the West 3rd Street side. There aren’t restrooms on site, but if you cross 6th Avenue and the adjacent Father Demo Square, you’ll find a branch of the Italian-based gelato chain Grom, where you can use the restroom and treat yourself to the excellent gelato and sorbetti.


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Lara in London
February 1, 2017

This is indeed one of NYC sweetest playgrounds. I used to live on the same block when I was younger, and always thought it would be a great place to bring kids some day! Maybe on my next visit home! 🙂


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