Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Gem just around the corner from the zoo: Clemens & Lewis

Playground: Clemens & Lewis
Location: 38th & Poplar (just South of Girard)
Date visited: Jun. 11, 2011

  • Small kids' zone features a fire truck playset (low hanging bars, clambering tires, slide, and a raised platform), as well as 4 bucket swings, 2 hobby horses (1 of which actually worked, unlike most we've seen), and a longish low tunnel
  • Big kids' zone included a large playset (many ladders, several bridges, 3 slides--including 1 turning slide--2 "ladder bridges", climbing wall, and loop monkey bars), 2 1-person "spinners" mounted on the ground, and 4 strap swings
Ages: 1-10
Surface: rubberized by play areas
Shade(0-3): 1 (only on bigger kids' playset)
Water: Y? broken-looking dragon sprayer
Other: 4 small picnic tables, basketball court, lots of bike-riding space (including sloped wall behind basketball court), rec center
Access: Posted Rec Dept hours: 9 AM- 10:30 PM summer, 2-10:30 PM otherwise

Impressions: A bit rundown/weedy, but equipment is in good shape. The small kids' zone is not extensive, but the fire truck is a nice apparatus (may be slightly biased by the fact that our child is currently obsessed with low monkey bars). Big kids' zone is quite large with a fun range of equipment. Setting is not too scenic -- up against train tracks, and the particular block you can see from the playground is a bit rundown, but it's a cozy small neighborhood tucked among the train tracks, Rte. 76, and the zoo.
Overall rating: 8-9

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