Friday, November 4, 2011

Deserves its name: Hillside Rec. Center

Playground: Hillside Recreation Center
Location: Fountain St. near Fowler
Date visited: 10/16/11

Equipment: A tightly packed bunch of pieces:
  • Two hobby horses (horse and toucan)
  • A low playset with curved plastic and wide metal slides, misc. climbing
  • 4 bucket swings and 4 strap swings
  • A cement climbing turtle (with handholds on top and a tunnel underneath), old but loved
  • A higher playset with climbing of various kinds, a high spiral plastic slide and a single metal slide, fireman's pole
material: modern resin/metal; scale: small
Ages: 1-8
Surface: rubbery around equipment; blacktop elsewhere
Shade(0-3): 0
Water: N
Other: basketball, swimming pool, picnic tables, rec. building
Access: (not posted)

Impressions: Decent neighborhood tot lot combined with pool and sports spaces. Nothing broken or missing, but not inspired either, and completely lacking in shade. Nearby elementary school probably uses it some. No houses nearby -- the recreation space is wedged into a slice of land between hard-to-build jungly hillsides, but parking is free on the other side of Fountain Road (and the Ivy Ridge train station is nearby too).
Overall rating: 6-7

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