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Diana Ross Playground

Diana Ross Playground

81st Street and Central Park West New York, NY,

Average Rating: 4.0 (2 ratings)

The playground is equipped with sturdy wood equipment, tire swings, a tube slide, a corkscrew slide, sandboxes, rope bridges, and a mushroom-style water feature. Open daily from 7:30am to dusk. Its namesake, the recording artist Diana Ross, who lives across the street in The Beresford, gave a fabled 1983 free concert in Central Park and pledged to fund the project with proceeds from the television rights; however, when this did not prove profitable, she used personal resources. Groundbreaking took place in September 1986, with both Ross and then-Mayor Ed Koch present. Ross reportedly called the event "one of the most fulfilling aspects of [her] life and career." [http://www.nytimes.com/1986/09/12/nyregion/new-york-day-by-day-start-at-ross-playground.html]

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