Location: Palmer St. and Flora St. (just north of Girard on Palmer); another entrance is on Montgomery and Flora (again, just north of Girard on Montgomery).
Date visited: 5/29/11
- Smaller playset with lots of climbing, 1 wide plastic curved and 1 straight metal slide
- Taller playset with climbing, monkey bars, fireman's pole, and a straight metal slide
- 6 strap swings (1 broken) and 2 bucket swings
- 3 hobby horse critters (too stiff to rock much, as most seem to be)
- 2 sit 'n' spin platforms with poles (1 semi-broken/wobbly)
- central "hill" with brick sides, some raised bricks to make a slanted climbing wall
- circle with stone tower water units (not on when visited on a Sunday morning in May)
Surface: rubberized by most play areas, blacktop elsewhere
Water: Yes (small area with stone tower sprayers)
Other: roller-hockey rink, rec center with large covered area, basketball courts, picnic tables, lib outdoor concert area (maybe?) with tables and benches, library across Montgomery St.
Access: Probably dawn to dusk
Impressions: Clearly a well-loved playground: every inch of equipment, benches, and poles is painted with colors and patterns that make you happy just being there. Had the sense that this was a semi-recent effort to beautify a space that was beginning to run down (e.g., a note indicates that Agnes Irwin School out on the Main Line was part of a recent painting effort; some paint was peeling and graffiti already creeping back in). The central climbing structure is neat and offers the only shaded zone on the site; the rest seems fun but might be prohibitively hot on most summer days. Would love to see a roller-hockey game!
Overall rating: 7+