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]


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.


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.


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.


  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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