One of the original entrances to the Clarinda-Page apartments will soon welcome kids and visitors to the new Sallie Foster Adventure Playground near 35th and Cass Streets in the Gifford Park neighborhood.
The playground is a non-traditional space where children can “play, make, dream and be” according to the camp’s Facebook page. With no pre-fabricated play equipment, camp creator and director Teal Gardner wants kids to use their imaginations and develop physical skills to create their own spaces for play. Two adults supervisors will be on site at all times, and all materials and tools will be supplied so kids can take on their own projects and ideas. The kids will have at their disposal things like hand tools, shovels, barrels, pallets, sticks, rope, tires and tarps. The playground is open Saturdays from 12 to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m.
Long-time Gifford Park resident and REO volunteer Chris Foster and his wife, Sallie, contributed the land for the community garden and playground space. The playground was named for Sallie, who died last year. She had a special bond with the neighborhood children.
Clarinda Karpov (pictured above) and her husband, Richard White, were able to save the entrance to the Clarinda before the building was demolished last year. Within the next few weeks, the doorway will be installed near the community garden to serve as a whimsical entrance to the playground space.