Hi friends, and Happy Labor Day!
This week, I want to feature on the blog some of the landmarks and points of interest in lower Germantown that I had a chance to photograph last week.
Today I want to focus on Happy Hollow Playground and Community Garden. Happy Hollow, as it’s known and called with great affection, is Philadelphia’s oldest playground and located right in Germantown at Wayne Avenue and Logan Street. According to the materials I received from Allison Weiss,
“Mr. E.W. Clark, a prominent Philadelphian, purchased five acres of former quarry land with the intention of making it a playground after a young child drowned. He hired George T. Pearson, a well known architect, to design the main building. It was known originally as the Quarry Playground House, completed in 1910 and still in use today. Mrs. Clark named the playground Happy Hollow. The Clarks donated the state of the art facility to the Playground Association of Philadelphia. The opening of the Happy Hollow Playground was announced April 29, 1911.”
Allison is very passionate about the history and preservation of this important landmark and community resource, and after having a chance to walk around the grounds, I can tell you, this is no ordinary playground. It’s a local treasure and something to be very proud of. I’m sure you’ll agree after taking a peek at the slideshow below.
A lot of work, blood, sweat and tears went into preserving and revitalizing the grounds and I have so much respect and admiration for the dedicated effort that continues to go into making sure that this important landmark can continue to be available for the community’s full enjoyment.
For more information, call (215) 843-5555. I hope that you’ll join us for the photowalk on September 8th.