When I’ve told people that I’m doing this project, visiting all the playgrounds in West and Southwest Philly with Zora, everyone naturally asks me what my favorites are. Cedar Park and Clark Park playgrounds are high on the list, but they’re there partly because they’re closest to our house and Zora’s school. If you’re looking for the best equipment in the most beautiful park, the answer has got to be Malcolm X Park. There’s a spaceship, a fire truck, complicated balance beams, a small gazebo, Talking Bob, one of the tallest double slides around, a slider, a basketball hoop, a swirly slide, and loads more. Plus, there’s Oldies every Wednesday night and live jazz every Thursday night in the big gazebo during the summer. Need a bite to eat? Stop by the nearby pizza joint or get a roti from Brown Sugar, the Trinidadian store a couple blocks up 52nd Street. And there’s lots of grass and big old trees and well-kept benches in what has got to be one of the nicest parks in West Philly.
Visited: January 2012