McMichael Park Playspace: ACTIVATE!

The puzzlingly passive park is set to “activate” in spring 2020!

For kids tired of “having fun” on McMichael Park’s lone playground piece – a weathered 60’s era concrete turtle (riding on it is as exciting as it sounds) – a whole new world of fun is on the way. A new natural playspace (constructed of woods, rope, boulders, and other natural materials) is slated to begin construction in spring 2020.

Many thanks to Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., who allocated $250,000 earlier this year for the construction of the playspace and other improvements at McMichael Park in East Falls. These funds will complete a portion of the new design (also known as “Phase One”).

Phase One addresses the construction of a “north pod,” which will be located near West Coulter Street. The pod will include non-traditional natural play elements, such as logs, boulders, berms, and “stump steppers.” Philly Parks and Rec (PPR) recently announced that construction documentation was in progress and anticipates a 2020 groundbreaking! PPR will update the East Falls community this fall. Stay tuned to The Local online or in print for updates!

Natural playspace at The Waldorf School

Next Steps

  • The “Activate McMichael” volunteer group will begin fundraising efforts to pay for for annual maintenance associated with the improvements. Interested in donating now? Even a small amount will help!
  • Phase 2. This phase will begin a short time after completion of Phase 1. Items scheduled to be included in this phase: a community kiosk, grass berms, a story circle, whimsical and natural play elements, a sensory garden, and more lighting and seating.

To donate to the playspace project, or get more info, follow “Activate McMichael” on Facebook and Instagram. Or email



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