There are four well used playgrounds on the perimeter of the park. Beloved by hundreds of thousands of children, these are designed specifically for children up to 12 years old to socialize, blow off steam, and build physical skills on their own yet supervised by their caretakers who can relax on a nearby bench.
Open from the beginning of the day to dusk, playgrounds are open in all kinds of weather. At 80 degrees and above, the spray showers are turned on and when it snows, playgrounds are one of the first areas to be plowed.
- Classic Playground: Van Cortlandt Park South & Gouverneur Avenue
- Sachkerah Woods Playground: Jerome Avenue & East Gun Hill Road
- Southwest Playground: West 240th Street & Broadway
- Woodlawn Playground: West 239th Street & Van Cortlandt East