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Monday, December 9, 2013

America's First Playground

Did you know that America's first playground was in Golden Gate Park located in San Francisco, California? And it is still there! Founded in 1887, the playground was groundbreaking for the time period. It featured swings and slides, and a cart ride pulled by a goat.

A Roman temple style carousel was the highlight of the park. The Roman style enclosure still exists today, though the current carousel inside the enclosure was manufactured in 1912. The carousel was so popular it was featured at the 1939 World's Fair.
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Carousel at Golden Gate Park

Now known as the Koret Children's Quarter, the playground features swings, crawl tubes, slides, planks, a rope climbing structure, and the carousel. There are large grassy areas and designated spots for dogs to play.



References:
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/arts-and-lifestyle/2012/03/politics-playgrounds-history/1480/
http://www.golden-gate-park.com/childrens-playground.html

Picture Credit:
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/the-scene/real-estate/Facelift-Due-for-Americas-First-Playground-101093244.html

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