Friday, February 11, 2011

A colorful and creative playspace: Aubury Recreation Center

Playground: Aubury Rec. Center playground
Location: on Ardleigh (btw. E. Haines and E. Washington)
Date visited: 1/1/11

Equipment: One zone with numerous different play structures and smaller pieces:
  1. A small set with steps and good low climbing options, wide straight and curved plastic slides, drums (!), a novel spinning ball toy embedded in one wall.
  2. Three climbing poles with disk platforms.
  3. Three "sit and spin" platforms (can stand or sit)
  4. A medium set with straight and curved plastic slides and novel types of climbing (including a hard-to-describe section where you could clamber up the inside or outside of a pretzelly lader) -- connected by a ladder bridge to a taller platform with climbing walls.
  5. Separate swingsets (4 bucket and 4 strap).
material: modern, mostly plastic with some metal parts; scale: medium space
Ages: marked 5-12, but probably more like 1-10
Surface: rubbery / cement/ grass?
Shade(0-3): 1
Water: Y (looks like hydrant style)
Other: Rec. center, parking, bike racks, pool, and more (basketball? etc.) -- all behind fences
Access: open, unmarked

Impressions: Fun and colorful array of equipment in a small playground with a convenient off-road parking lot. No idea how busy it gets in the warm season, given that we tromped in slush during our visit, nor whether it is shared by the nearby school, but it's definitely worth a visit if you're in the area, especially with kids of mixed ages or those who love to climb.
Overall rating: 8


  1. I'm not sure how to contact you- but there's a great playground you are missing downtown between 15th and 16th on the south side of Catherine Street. It has an impressive merry-go-round. Just wanted to let you know! :) Thanks for this project, it is fabulous!

  2. thanks for the tip -- looks brand new and fabulous! will have to visit soon... (just waiting for a nonrainy weekend day to get outside again!)

    this also makes me think I should add a contact link somewhere...

  3. just in case anybody sees this series of comments, the new playground appears to belong to a charter school, and thus is open to the public only in the evenings (5:30-8) and weekends (something like 10-6 or 8); however, it must be up to the whim of the caretaker, as the lot was locked this past Saturday when we tried to visit at 10:30 AM...