Jul 26

125. Water Tower Rec Center Playground

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Water Tower Rec Center appears to be a pretty gigantic rec center with lots of offerings, including pickleball, zumba, yoga, gymnastics, tennis, baseball, soccer, bocce, and a summer camp.  The playground, on the other hand, is pretty straightforward.  There’s a retro fire truck and a few simple pieces of equipment.  What really got Zora’s attention, though, were the two pipes, turned on their sides, that you could climb into and out off.  Hard to describe, really.  They’re shown in the second photo below.  On the very hot and humid day that we visited, I was super glad that the playground was very shady.

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Philly Playground Project (reviewed: 3/2/13)

Water Town Rec Center Facebook page

Visited: May 2014

Jul 26

123. Jenks Elementary School Playground

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Ever since we started this project, people have been asking me whether we’ve visited Jenks yet.  And on a lovely May weekend day, we finally got up to see what all the fuss was about.  What a beautiful, community-driven playground!  My first thought when I saw it: this is incredible!  My second thought when I saw it: this is going to be an incredibly difficult map to draw!  Zora was enamored.  At one point, after we had been at the playground for nearly an hour, we started playing hide and go seek and, on the second or third time, Zora found such a good hiding place, that I was truly worried this whole project was about to end with a missing child.  This place has so many good hiding places and interesting spots.  If you love playgrounds–or even if you just like them a little bit–you should get yourself up to this jawn.jenks7 jenks8 jenks6 jenks5 jenks4 jenks3 jenks2 jenks1

Philly Playground Project (reviewed: 3/2/13)


 

Visited: May 2015

Jul 26

122. Sadie Alexander Elementary School Playground

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It’s kind of embarrassing that it took us two years into this project to add this playground to our project.  Zora goes to the childcare center next door to this elementary school and frequently plays on this playground.  But somehow, it got overlooked.  The playground is pretty standard futuristic fare.  What really excites Zora, though, is the yard just below the playground that has lots of worms and bugs and other things to discover and show off.  During the day, the students at the playground use the playground and yard.  But in the evenings and weekends, neighborhood kids claim it as their own.sadie1 sadie2 sadie3 sadie4

Philly Playground Project (not yet reviewed)

Visited: May 2014

Jul 26

129. Pleasant Playground

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Pleasant Playground, just off of Chew Avenue, was, according to news reports, renovated in 2012-2013.  Today, it’s clean and fresh and beautiful.  Fortunately, we went on a hot afternoon and Zora had a bathing suit with her, because the park has this amazing water sprinkler that’s activated by a button on a nearby pole.  Push it, and water shoots 15 feet into the air.  That sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it?  But there’s something about giving kids control over water sprayers that makes them giddy with joy.  And I don’t think that’s just Zora.pleasantplayground4 pleasantplayground3 pleasantplayground2 pleasantplayground1Philly Playground Project (not yet reviewed)

Visited: July 2014