Thursday, June 16, 2011

Schoolyard climbing gem: Edward Heston School

Playground: Edward Heston Elementary School
Location: Lancaster between 52nd and 54th (also an entrance on Lansdowne)
Date visited: Jun. 12, 2011

  • Small kids' zone -- cute but very small, just stairs, a ladder, and 2 slides
  • Big kids' zone -- Brightly decorated/gabled platform-style playset with 2 ladders (a coil ladder and a step ladder), 3 slides (1 turning), a jointed bridge, a U-shaped ladder bridge, and monkey bars. Also a sizable climbing wall (maybe 6 feet tall?), and a tie line.
Ages: 1-10
Surface: rubberized -- very sandy on the day visited, for no obvious reason
Shade(0-3): 0
Water: No
Other: Schoolyard with three basketball hoops
Access:Unknown. There are gates that could presumably be locked outside of school hours, though all were open when we visited on a Sunday morning.

Impressions: Small kids' zone is minimal -- not worth an independent visit (and, honestly, doesn't really seem sufficient for the kids in the school). In contrast, the big kids' zone is quite nice, with lots of novel climbing options in particular (the U-shaped ladder, climbing wall, monkey bars, tie line). Location is not so aesthetic given that it's right on Lancaster, though the big playset is brightly decorated and the school has attractive and huge murals.
Overall rating: 7

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