Chelsea Waterside Play Area
8am - dusk. Open all year. Water features are turned off in Winter.
Subway & Bus Lines
C,E at 23rd St.
Chelsea Waterside Park Play Area was the first playground ever developed by the Hudson River Park Trust, opening in 2000. The playground was used extensively by children of all ages before wearing down by 2016. Hudson River Park Trust determined that the playground was due for a renovation and directed an extensive, rigorous and inclusive public process within the Chelsea community to design a new playground. Architect Michael Van-Valkenburgh and the Danish design firm MONSTRUM created the new play area that reopened on August 14, 2018.
The newly designed play area features a giant, multi-colored, one-of-a-kind, Robinia wood pipefish. Limestone cattle head sculptures incorporated into water features, reclaimed from historic meatpacking district business, New York Butchers’ Dressed Meat Company, whose building was demolished in 1991. Granite seating blocks repurposed from Pier 54’s arch, the pier was the intended arrival point for the Titanic. New trees, such as the Northern Catalpa, Accolade Elm, and Wireless Zelcova will develop significant canopies, providing shade and screenings from the surrounding streets.
The water elements are for children ages 2-5 and 5-12.
The play area is opening from 8am - dusk. Open all year. Water features are turned off in Winter.
Supporting donors & partners: Design and construction for the $3.4 million playground was funded by Hudson River Park Friends’ Playground Committee, State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, State Senator Brad Hoylman and Hudson River Park Trust. Major private donors include the Related Companies and Howard Lorber, Chair of Douglas Elliman, Friends Board members Mike Novogratz and Ben Shaoul, the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, and dozens of West Side families and Friends