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:
- A playset with a river of monkey bars and two metal slides (3 and 6 feet tall)
- 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.
- Angled cement climbing piece (tunnel under, saddle shape above, with window holes)
- Cylindrical jungle gym
- Swingset with 2 strap swings and 2 empty spaces
Surface: rubbery around structures; cement elsewhere
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