Vintage Playgrounds of Seattle, Washington

Many thanks to Justin for alerting me to the great flickr set from the City of Seattle’s Municipal Archives, “Seattle at Play“. Many of them are of the Broadway Playfield, which is now Cal Anderson Park.  The 1969 photo is particularly interesting…it’s an early natural playscape!  Note the hill slide, and the tree trunk visible behind the swing set, whose thick block forms are reminiscent of Paul Friedberg’s work on the East coast. (See this post for his gone-but-not-forgotten Timberforms at the East 110th St. playground in Central Park, and of course remember that you can download Friedberg’s midcentury playground books from the blog’s sidebar).

If your city has a play archive, send me the info!

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