Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Reliable standard in Overbrook: Baker playground

Playground: Baker
Location: Lansdowne & Conestoga (enter on Lansdowne -- there's also an entrance on Hunter, on the north side of the block)
Date visited: 6/12/11
  • Small kids' zone: platform-style playset with 2 ladders (coil and quarter circle) and 3 slides; this zone also has 2 hobby horses, turtle statue for climbing, spinning cup, and 4 strap swings (1 deformed)
  • Big kids' zone: platform-style playset with 4 ladders, 2 slides, jointed bridge, firepole, and monkey bars; zone also includes 4 strap swings
Ages: 1-8
Surface: rubberized around play area
Shade(0-3): 0 (maybe a little in small kids' zone)
Water: No
Other: Rec center, swimming pool (seemed abandoned when visited on a Sunday in June), basketball court
Access: Posted rec dept hours: 9 AM-10:30 PM in summer, 2-10:30 PM otherwise

Impressions: Reasonable range of equipment, but some sense of age and disrepair in the big-kid zone (it doesn't help aesthetically that the gazebo at the center of the playground has a collapsing roof, nor to see the swimming pool filled with plant matter rather than water). The small kids' zone does have a few nice extras.

Overall rating: 6

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