Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, located in East Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, recently received 12 trees as a gift from PHS and planted them as a way to manage erosion on a slope between two play areas (erosion caused by both runoff and little feet!).
Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse opened its doors in 1899. The 24,000 square-foot Playhouse was designed as a play space for children by one of Philadelphia’s most prominent late 19th century architects, James H. Windrim. The Playground is situated on its original historic landscape–more than six acres of open fields, wooded terrain, and sloped hills–and is home to the century-old Ann Newman Giant Wooden Slide, a treasured play experience for generations of Philadelphia’s children, as well as other unique pieces of play equipment.
Smith’s mission is to provide children 10 and under from diverse backgrounds with free and accessible one-of-a-kind play experiences that meet their physical, behavioral, and developmental needs. We’re happy that these trees will provide a shady area for play and exploration.