Penn Alexander School New Playground – Open for Play!
August 19, 2020 – The day has finally arrived! The new Penn Alexander School playground is officially open for play. We are all very excited for our West Philadelphia community to have a new, safe and fun place to play! The playground represents completion of Phase One of the Outdoor Space Reimagined Initiative launched in 2017?.
Designed by the award winning landscape architectural firm Ground Reconsidered, the playground features Berliner elements and two tone safety surface inspired from a robust stakeholder outreach effort, that included students, teachers, and the surrounding community.
The primary feature – Jupiter and Net House consists of 2-net climbers, connected by a rope bridge. The slides, interior platforms, and ladders offer a variety of play experience and reflect student drawings that emphasized swings, slides, and very tall structures. The double bay Cloud 9 swings satisfy the desire for swings and social elements. Fun, colorful hard rubber balls can be used for play or seating. The Picadilly Circle spinner reflects the students much loved original playground spinner.
We appreciate the generous donations from individuals in the neighborhood, Playground Collaborative members including the Home and School Association, Spruce Hill Community Association, and the Parent-Infant Center – and businesses in the community that helped PAS make the new playground a reality for West Philadelphia. An official ribbon cutting to publicly acknowledge the many members of our community for making this playground possible is forthcoming.
We remind users to follow the City of Philadelphia and CDC guidelines when playing on the equipment:
– Wear a face mask
– Bring hand sanitizer to clean your hands before and after play
– Stay 6 feet apart
– Limit users to no more than 20