The Equipment Landscape Structures re-designed many parks in the District of Columbia and Newark is by far my favorite remodel. I was immediately channeling my inner youth when I came across the mailbox and the Kids Cabin. I thought I was in my own tree house where only kids are allowed. Someone was even kind enough to leave a play kitchen which added to the awesomeness that was Newark Street Playground. Giant flowers beam over the play structures. From mushroom stools and logs to step on, a wishbone balance beam, caterpillar style tunnel, and a slide that is really the hollow of a tree, there’s a sense of whimsy at the park. Cross the suspension bridge, rest inside a giant acorn, discover the inside of a “cave”, or create your own nature sounds by cranking gears or bells. Initially, when I saw the small mound in the center with super narrow slides I said, what the heck is this for? Then I noticed the sign stating it was for babies 9 to 24 months with significant head control. Never had I seen a slide, or in this case, two slides (one on either side of the hill) allowing the youngest of babes to experience whizzing down a piece of equipment. Brilliant I tell ya! Rounding out this fabulous playground is an Omni Spinner, which is a four seated, semi-enclosed, modern and safer version of a merry-go-round. The four seated see saw is also a modern version with high backed seats and supporting handle bars. The play space is a wonderful change and, for children with sensory issues, can be a respite from the old and creaky equipment found at other parks. The Scene Newark Street Playground was renovated earlier in 2014 and it is a must visit if you reside in the DC area. There is a separate dog park and community garden space, but the playground makes me wish I was a kid again! The natural elements and color palette blend in making it unusual to find in an urban destination. The rubber play surface and significant shade factor make it a popular choice for families of young children. Street parking is time limited, but not hard to find a space. Age Recommendation All ages. Restrooms None. Review and photos by Kathleen Molloy.


Infant to 12

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