Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Fun but a little exposed: Gathers Rec. Center playground

Playground: Hank Gathers, Jr., playground
Location: Diamond at Glenwood (near 25th)
Date visited: 8/6/11

Equipment: One zone containing several pieces:
  • The lower playset is very low, with a wide straight and a curved plastic slide, tic-tac-toe

  • The higher playset has 4-6-foot platforms, a long straight metal slide, misc. climbing, and a fireman's pole.

  • 4 bucket and 4 strap swings

  • A water sprayer zone (single tall pole, not on at visit)
material: modern resin/metal; scale: medium space
Ages: 1-8
Surface: rubbery/blacktop
Shade(0-3): 0
Water: Y
Other: basketball, grassy areas, pool, ball field, blacktop, rec. center
Access: not posted

Impressions: Decent set of offerings in a pleasant setting, but very short on shade; some recently planted trees may help in a few years (if they get enough water to get established). Equipment is weathered but not graffittied or broken. Good for a range of ages, but not best callenges for the older set. Note: water ice and ribs both available across the street!
Overall rating: 7

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