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The Hannah’s Dream playground in East Shore Park

The Hannah’s Dream playground in the East Shore Park is one of the biggest playgrounds in New Haven. It was just renovated in 2017 (during which they fixed the cracked grounds and the beloved tire swing, and added a seesaw!).

The playground has a large play-set for 5-12 yrs. It has a long winding path that connects to slides, ladders, slopes, monkey bars, sliding pole, bells, you name it. It also has a small set for 2-5 yrs that looks a bit like the inside of a rocket ship. It has two baby swings, two regular flat-bottom swings, and two chair swings, and a tire swing. It has a large sandbox with metal diggers. This playground may be more ordinary compared to some of the others, but it has lots of space, and my kids had a lot of fun playing tag with kids they just met in the playground.



The playground is located in East Shore Park in New Haven right along the harbor. It is where the little leagues have their baseball trainings and games. The park also has several soccer fields, tennis courts, huge open spaces, and narrow rocky beaches.The park has huge grass fields. It is very relaxing to just go in the park and walk around. Although kids always want to end up in the playground even though they have been there many times. (And they always want an ice-cream whenever the ice-cream truck is there).


The playground has a water fountain that features three faucets, one for filling the bottle, one for drinking, and for one filling bowls of water for dogs! It has porta potties during the summer.

It doesn’t have much shade, so make sure to bring sunscreen on summer days.


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