Babes in Toyland
Hartford's many playgrounds were designed primarily to give children a controlled outlet for play. Here's how George Parker, who became Superintendent of Parks in Hartford, described his vision for playspaces customized to each age group:
The playgrounds for the different period require a consideration of their different needs. The infant class should have sand boxes, pails, shovels, wooden blocks, hammocks and swings, and a chance to run and jump about.
-George Parker, 1909
Young people of varying ages found a range of activities at their local parks. While some brought toys of their own, particularly for programs such as Doll Days, there was quite a bit of equipment at these sites for play, too. Parker promoted the idea that spending on parks and public recreation was a valuable investment. Do you agree?