Playgrounds in Central Park have always been defined in part by their relationship to the larger Park and influenced by contemporary ideas about children. Plan for Play emphasizes that what is unique about Central Park’s playgrounds is that they are in Central Park and recognizes that play in the Park is not limited to playgrounds. This section provides a broader understanding of play in Central Park and discusses how play and playgrounds in Central Park are informed by contemporary discourse about children’s play, health, and education.