Monday, July 25, 2011

Playground Tour Stop #10: Harmony Playground

The tenth stop on our playground tour is the largest and likely the most popular playground in Prospect Park. Harmony Playground is located just inside the park on Prospect Park West between 9th and 11th streets in Park Slope. The spaciousness of the playground gives it a very open feel and being tucked into the park (albeit just barely) adds to the sense of being a bit removed from the bustle of city life... although the playground can get quite crowded at times.

Entering from the 9th St side, you'll find the smaller of the two play structures straight ahead. A double slide, curved climbing ladder, tunnel, small bridge, steering wheels and a shorter single side are all attractions here. There is also an even smaller structure behind this for the playground newbies to try out their first climbing and sliding experiences on these mini versions.

To the right of the smaller structure is a set of baby swings, tucked behind a fence on the north perimeter of the playground.

Between the smaller and larger structures lies a good-size sand pit, a large "big kid" swing area, sprinklers and music "tubes" which children can lift up and let go of to create various tones.

The larger structure spans quite a big area and includes long ramps, bridges, a fireman's pole, tunnels, double, single and spiral slides. curved climbing ladders, chain climbing structures, two different types of monkey bars, a swinging balance beam and steering wheels.

Despite being in a park with lots of trees, Harmony Playground tends to be quite sunny, excepting a few benches along the parks building which is the eastern perimeter of the playground.

I have to say Harmony is actually one of my favorite playgrounds... it has great equipment, it's in the park, it's convenient to Park Slope... and I just like the feel of it for whatever reason. I often prefer quieter, less busy locations but this is one exception. If I'm willing to brave the nearly always present school groups hogging up the place it must be something slightly great. A+

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