Central Park Conservancy

We are invested in creating and maintaining public parks and gardens in New York City and have the distinction of having underwritten playgrounds at the most northern, southern, eastern, and western reaches of the Central Park Conservancy’s Stewardship. These include the completion of the northernmost playground in Central Park, at 110th Street; the 1926 Heckscher Ball Fields and Heckscher Playground at the southernmost part of Central Park; the West 72nd Street Ball Field, located under the West Side Highway and next to the Hudson River, in addition to other West Side playgrounds in Central Park; and the Ruth and Arthur Smadbeck Heckscher East Playground, one of the most heavily-used and distinctive features on the eastern side of Central Park. That playground’s focal point is the sculpture titled “Group of Bears,” often called “Three Bears,” by renowned artist Paul Manship.

Heckscher is one of NYC Parks’ oldest and most valued partners; our relationship dates back 90 years. Beginning with the creation of the 1926 Heckscher Ballfields in Central Park to supporting Parks' Swim For Life Program, the foundation has played a major role in improving greenspace in New York City and supporting programs for children in under-resourced communities.
Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, Hon.ASLA
NYC Parks Commissioner