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Heckscher Park

Heckscher Park Heckscher Park, just east of Huntington village, features a playground, tennis courts, walking paths and lots of open public spaces.  

Heckscher Park

The main playset at Heckscher Park is a very large structure with multiple climbing points and steep slides. There are rock climbing walls, a corkscrew slide, and fire poles. The whole area is fenced in with gates at the three entrances. The curbside parking on the north side of the park is plentiful, but requires some walking along a busy road (Madison street). The playground is a bit of a walk from the street, but you'll appreciate the lack of car noise when you're in the park.

Heckscher Park

The secondary playset in the older kid area features a double slider and a steep curved slide on multiple levels. There are many climbing opportunities here as well, and the graphic board above displays the alphabet in sign language. The play surface at Heckscher Park is a soft composite in a dark sand color that blends well with the park setting.

Heckscher Park

There are two bridges on the large playset, a standard chain bridge and this great rock bridge. This is a tough traverse, but the aforementioned soft surface will cushion any fall.

Heckscher Park

The small child area includes this playset with a pair of short slides and a nice animal-themed puzzle board. There are a number of anchored rockers and a small train engine to play in. A spring-powered see saw has a capacity for four children at once. In the rear, there are large public restrooms that are in pretty good condition. There were park attendants working at the restrooms throughout our visit.

Heckscher Park

There are plenty of swings at Heckscher Park, two banks of standard and toddler swings. The chains are bare but in good shape, with no-pinch handles on the toddler swings. The whole swing area is gated, so nobody can wander into the path of an occupied swing.

Heckscher Park

Back in small child play area, you'll also find this merry-go-round which was a big hit with my kids. It's a little on the heavy side, so some parental help may be needed to get it going. The whole playground is surrounded by benches, some of which are under pavilions for shade. There are also pavilions over the two sandboxes, keeping the sand in great shape. There is a portable refreshment stand parked just outside the playground, but it was closed during our visit.

Heckscher Park

The rest of the park is a very nice setting. There are ponds and fountains, and always ducks and geese swimming about. The paths that wind around the park are all paved and easy to navigate with a stroller. There is also an art museum, if you're feeling brave and want to expose your kids to some culture. The nearby village of Huntington has a number of places to get snacks or a meal, or even books and toys.

Heckscher Park

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Comments

This park is beautiful and "just right" for a nice afternoon in the park. My 20 month old loves the tiny kids area and I love that it is fenced off so I don't have to chase him that far. We go about once a week.

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