Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Augustus St. Gaudens Playground

One of my favorite aspects of the Augustus St. Gaudens Playground is the plaque explain exactly who Augustus St. Gauden was.  There are so many parks in Manhattan named after people, it's nice to find out why.  This particular playground is close to the Asser Levy Recreation Center which dawns an outdoor pool in the summer (free, but don't forget to bring a lock!).  The girls and I worked up a sweat on the monkey bars before heading to the pool.  There is a basketball court next to the playground so expect a lot of loud teenagers arguing about cheap fouls.  As far as the playground itself, the equipment is average.  The wide open space makes scooter practice a great activity.  But I'm bothered by the plethora of baby swings and the absence of big kid swings.  It's getting harder and harder to convince Lexi it's not okay to try and sit in the holsters.

• Four Square/Hopscotch • Large

• Not Enough Shade

What It's Got
6 Baby Swings • Shower Sprinkler • 2 Jungle Gyms (1 Large, 1 Tots) • 3 Slides • Monkey Bars • Gymnast Rings • Bridge • Hopscotch ª Four Square • Hard-Rubber Tile/Pavement • Trashcans

What Parents/Nannies Should Know
60% Shade • Plenty of Benches • Bathrooms Inside Gates • 1 Entrance

 First Avenue (Plenty of bodegas and cheap eats)

Ratings: (Out of 5)


"It's nice and quiet here. And the sprinklers are nice."

Annie:  X 18
"I like running on the bridge this way and that way and this way like this!"

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