when did the first municipal playground open in the United States?

Did you know that the very first municipal playground in the United States opened almost a century ago, in October 1903.

Located in the Lower East Side’s Seward Park in New York City, it is still open today. This playground was built with fences, gymnastic tools, cinder surfacing and children’s play equipment. A large running track encircled the play area. This park became a notable template for future playground architecture.

You can learn more about the history of Seward Park playground on NYC Parks’ website.

Seward Park Playground in New York City