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Not So Lazy Days: Cooper River Park playground brings ocean play to land

Updated on September 1, 2011
Balancing on the wall to prevent falling in the "water" as the little kid playground sits in the background.
Balancing on the wall to prevent falling in the "water" as the little kid playground sits in the background. | Source

Field Trip

Cooper River Park is almost 350 acres and is so big, it is a part of four Camden County towns: Pennsauken, Cherry Hill, Collingswood and Haddon Township.

The William G. Rohrer Children's Playground sits off of North Park Drive in Pennsauken. Right away, the boys see the blue and green colors of the equipment and know it meant to remind them of water. In fact, other children playing there when we arrived were pretending they there sharks in the water (off the equipment) or people trying to evade the sharks (on the equipment).

If the coloring isn't enough, the equipment resembles a boardwalk or pier that winds with various slides to send kids into the rubber "water." Many different ways to climb, hang and step are also available for kids of varying sizes.

There are also two halves-- one a big kids and the other a little kids, complete with complementary swings, although both boys easily played on both sets.

Some repairs are needed, but those areas are blocked off so children cannot get injured. Even with the few areas blocked, there was still plenty to entertain the boys that they barely noticed something was missing.

As the children play, there is covered pavilion area and a few benches for parents to camp. However, I like to stay near the boys since they are curious enough to get too close to the river.

The boys loved the challenges the playground possesses so much that when it started to drizzle, they did not want to leave. Hopefully when we return to Cooper River Park, the repairs (which did appear to be started) will be completed and there will be even more to explore.

About the Not So Lazy Days series

I've challenged myself to find a new activity to do five days a week every week of the kids' summer vacation. Activities will fall under one of three categories: Arts & Crafts, Sports & Games or Field Trips. Follow me on Twitter @readallaboutsam for immediate updates on posts!


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      fashion 6 years ago

      Informative article.Thanks for sharing.