The Dry Harbor Playground, near the corner of Myrtle Avenue and 80th Street in Queens, seems stuck in a different time. It is more modern than the old aluminum slides and see-saws that were the norm of playgrounds in the 1980s in New York City, but it has not caught up with the ultramodern playgrounds of today with their space-age polymers and rounded corners. Somehow, it fits in perfectly in East Glendale.
Dry Harbor Playground lies nestled between a basketball court, an asphalt ball field and the entrance to a hiking trail. Still, it is spread out enough that it never gets too crowded even when the local day care brings its kids over to play.
My favorite part of Dry Harbor Playground is the two-level boat, ironically dry docked in the center of the park. On the main deck you will find two slides and a fireman’s pole. Below, you will discover a shaded area with little tables, perfect for having a juice box and some Goldfish crackers, or strategizing a full on assault of the larger climbing area.
Bonus: You’ll find a pretty decent bagel place and pizzeria right across the street.
Water feature: Yes
Shade: Around the edges
A version of this first appeared on Great Moments in Bad Parenting.