It’s playground weather again, and my daughter’s new favorite one is Hyatt Field in Scarsdale, built just this past winter. While we’d always loved the wide-open design of this playground, even before its recent renovation, the exciting new equipment that has replaced the old stuff makes this place a must-visit.
The pièce de résistance of Hyatt Field is the zip-line. A dangling seat is strung on a long line of cable stretching across the playground, and kids can take turns pulling each other to the top of the line and whizzing down at a rapid speed. A spring mechanism at the end of the cable ensures a soft landing. The biggest problem is that there’s only one of this thing! All the kids wanted a turn and there was a lot of waiting around.
Also of note here is the huge netted climbing structure, which features, among all the tethered ropes, a dangling seat near the center of the dome – in case you get tired while scaling this contraption!
For the younger kids, there are a couple of more traditional, age-appropriate climbing structures. Although with the zip-line and that netted dome available, the baby jungle gyms couldn’t hold the attention of my 4-year-old son, who wanted to join his sister in trying out the flashier equipment.
The basketball court from the old Hyatt Field remains intact after the renovation, and is still a great surface upon which to scoot or bike, so don’t forget to bring your kids’ vehicles of choice. And if you’re planning on staying for lunch, definitely pack a picnic blanket – there’s plenty of grass and open field here.
For those coming for the first time, park your car on Potter Road, a residential street just off Boulevard. There are several entrances on Potter leading directly onto the playground.
Hyatt Field, Boulevard and Potter Road, Scarsdale