I’m embarrassed to say that, although I’ve lived in Philly for over a decade, this was my first time visiting Norris Square. I had heard so much about it, but never had a reason to seek it out. And that’s one of my favorite parts of this playground project: getting to visit so many different neighborhoods in the City. Norris Square reminded me a lot of some of the neighborhood parks I used to visit in the Mission when I lived in San Francisco years ago. Groups of Spanish-speaking elders sit around on the many, many benches under beautiful old shade trees. The playground is comfortable, although the slider bar is missing as is one of the swings. Small mosaics pepper the park. I hope it’s not another 12 years before I make it back again.
Visited: May 2015