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Donald & Barbara Zucker Natural Exploration Area

Prospect Park
31 East Dr., Brooklyn, NY 11225 40.667377 -73.967937
nr. Flatbush Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-965-8951 Send to Phone

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Official Website

nycgovparks.org

Hours

Daily, 5am-1am

Nearby Subway Stops

F, G at 15th St.-Prospect Park; 2, 3 at Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum; B, Q, S at Prospect Park

Parking

  • Street Parking

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Alternatives to traditional jungle gyms are slowly cropping up across the city. But none are as fantastical as this Prospect Park oasis, which opened in October on the lawn that Olm­sted and Vaux originally dubbed the Children’s Playground in 1868. Today, all of the “equipment”—structures created from trunks and branches—has been sourced from trees that fell during Hurricane Sandy. Toddlers play hide-and-seek in hollowed-out stumps, while older kids balance on long logs and count the rings. Landscape architect Christian Zimmerman designed the structures (he’s also responsible for Lakeside), but Mother Nature twisted the wood into haunting shapes.

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