Thursday, September 23, 2010

Outskirts of Temple II: Amos playground

Playground: Amos playground
Location: 16th and Berks
Date visited: 8/28/10

Equipment: Small playground and rec. center in a little niche of public space surrounded by Temple ball fields and frat houses. Several play structures:
  1. A playset with a river of monkey bars and two metal slides (3 and 6 feet tall)
  2. An older-style metal-bar "fire truck" to climb around on, including one low metal slide and a wooden bench driver's seat. Low running boards might be reachable by crawlers and standers.
  3. Angled cement climbing piece (tunnel under, saddle shape above, with window holes)
  4. Cylindrical jungle gym
  5. Swingset with 2 strap swings and 2 empty spaces
material: weathered "resin and metal" type; scale of space: small
Ages: 1-8
Surface: rubbery around structures; cement elsewhere
Shade(0-3): 0
Water: N
Other: Basketball, beautifully muralled/mosaic rec. center, picnic tables in corner, fenced cement zone (for balls and skateboards? no basketball net), closed former pool
Access: 6am - 10pm (not gateable)

Impressions: Very cute but poorly maintained playground offers a fun variety of play equipment for a surprising range of ages in a small space. Lack of shade and bucket swings are a real shame. I gather that this playground was redone within the last 10 years -- it could use a little paint and other love, especially given the contrast with the shining Temple playspaces on the other side of the fence . . .
Overall rating: 6-7

1 comment:

  1. The entire play area is an EYESORE! The rubber mats are deteriorated. Everything about this playground SCREAMS NEGLECT! It is mind - boggling to me. that in an area such as this, the children have no other option but to utilize Amos Playground in its present condition!