By Michelle Gillan Larkin
We all get park fatigue. And sometimes your kids (and you!) need a new spot to play. Well, here’s a fun playground for the next mild winter day: A brand new play place at Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El. Open to the public and situated along the Bronx River Parkway in Scarsdale, this expansive, new playground was seven years in the making — and it shows.
Aside from the climbing structures, of which there are three to please kids of all ages, this shiny, new paradise of play has a few things I’ve never seen before at any other playground: A dozen tiny cars to ride on, playhouses practically the size of some New York City apartments, and a self-watering butterfly garden. All of it situated on a spongy safety ground.
With all this spread out before him, my 5-year-old son’s imagination started moving faster than his little feet could carry him. He hopped into a miniature police cruiser, filled it up with gas, and zipped over to the bookstore. Inside its doors, he uncovered actual books and an easy chair to sink into. There was a counter, too, so that his playmate could purchase the plastic food items she’d picked up next store at the sweet shop. I didn’t think they’d ever tire of their playhouse games, so I suggested they check out the jungle gyms before the park closed at sunset. Already in such a happy place, they had a climbing, scrambling ball and zoomed down each of the seven slides. It was an afternoon well spent.
Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El, 2 Ogden Road, Scarsdale