Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse

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Smith Memorial Playhouse
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Smith Playhouse
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°58′54″N 75°11′44″W / 39.98167°N 75.19556°W / 39.98167; -75.19556Coordinates: 39°58′54″N 75°11′44″W / 39.98167°N 75.19556°W / 39.98167; -75.19556
Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse is located in Pennsylvania
Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse
Location of Smith Memorial Playhouse in Pennsylvania

Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse is a free young children's playground near North 33rd Street and Oxford Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, within the borders of Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1] Philadelphia magazine awarded it Best Playground of Philly in 2006 and 2008, calling it "a city treasure."[2]

Renovations[edit]

Established in 1899 by the wills of Richard and Sarah Smith and designed by architect James H. Windrim, it occupies nearly 612 acres,[3] and is visited by more than 1000 children per day.[4] From 2003 to 2005, the playground was closed while a citizen's non-profit group began a rejuvenation of its play equipment and landscape, as well as a renovation of its 24,000 sq ft (2,200 m2) Playhouse for very young children.

Playhouse[edit]

The playhouse is for children 5 and under, with any baby who can play welcome, but accompanied by at least one adult 18 or older.

Playground[edit]

Smith Playground

In July 2005 the Ann Newman Giant Wooden Slide was reopened,[5] and in August 2006 a new complex of swings called "Swing City" was opened.[6] By 2009, an area about three football fields in size had been redone, and the outside of the Playhouse preserved, and work continues.[7] The Giant Slide is 40 feet (12 m) long, 12 feet (3.7 m) wide, 10 feet (3.0 m) high, and 12 children can use it at once.[3] The playground is for children 10 and under, accompanied by at least one adult 18 or older. There is a special play area for very young children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Treacy, Michelle S. (6 July 2009). "Free play at Smith Playhouse". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2009-11-15. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Best of Philly 2008: Playground". Phillymag. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse". Fodor's. Random House, Inc. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 
  4. ^ Anderson, Kelli (January 2007). "Passing the Test of Time: Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse in Philadelphia". Recreation Management. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 
  5. ^ Salisbury, Stephan (14 July 2005). "Historic slide reopens today with new generation of rides". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Smith Memorial Playground". The Philadelphia Inquirer. August 2006. Retrieved 13 February 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ Mostovy-Eisenberg, Michelle (10 January 2008). "Playground Still Flourishes as a 'Safe Haven' for Urban Kids". Jewish Exponent. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 

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