Like a sweet reward for getting through last week’s brutal heat wave, the city’s newest sprayground opened Saturday at the Shot Tower Recreation Center in Queen Village. Sunday, Eyes on the Street visited to see what all the splash is about. Here's what we found:
Impressively, Shot Tower Playground had a wading pool turned spray pool since the early 1900’s, but the water feature was in need of care. Friends of Shot Tower, an offshoot of the Queen Village Neighborhood Association, led the renovation beginning in 2009 with a grant from GreenPlan Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Department of Parks and Recreation also lent critical support to the project.
Temperatures may have finally dipped below 90, but there are still plenty of hot days for neighbors to make the most of the renovated sprayground.
Want to find a sprayground or public pool in your neighborhood? Check the map below for spraygrounds and last week’s Eyes on the Street post for a map of public pools.
Christine covers transportation and writes about everything from pedestrian concerns to bicycle infrastructure, bridges, trail networks, public transit and more. Her favorite assignments send her bushwhacking through Philadelphia’s yet-to-be-cleared bike trails, catching a glimpse of SEPTA’s inner workings or pounding the pavement to find out what pedestrians really think. Christine also covers community news for Eyes on the Street, where her coverage ranges from food sovereignty to public art and urban greening. She first joined PlanPhilly in fall 2011 as an intern through a partnership with Temple University’s Philadelphia Neighborhoods website. During the internship her reporting on the Housing Authority’s surplus property auctions earned an award from the Society of Professional Journalists.