What’s a toddler to do when the temperature hits triple digits?  Cool off in one of Central Park’s playground fountains!  West Sider Robert I. captured this tot doing just that.

“I took this in the summer of 2007 in the playground to the north of the sail boat pond along 5th Avenue.” ~~ Robert I.

The whimsical Sophie Loeb Fountain is the perfect backdrop for a bit of fun in Central Park.  Dedicated “In the Memory of Sophie Irene Loeb, Lover of Children–A Home for Every Child“, the fountain features carvings of characters from the classic story “Alice in Wonderland“.  A New York Times article covering the ribbon-cutting in 1936 described the fountain: “the King, the Queen, the Duchess, the Mad Hatter, Father William, the Pig Baby and the Frog Butler, and, of course, Alice, gaze down upon spouting water flowing from the mouths of minor ‘Alice’ characters into the large bowl.”

Discover the Loeb Fountain for yourself!  The fountain, in the Levin Playground, is located at East 77th Street.  While you’re out, use our playgrounds map to explore more of Central Park’s play destinations.  And don’t forget to snap a photo while you’re there and send it in!

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