Hartford's many playgrounds were designed primarily to give children a controlled outlet for play. Here's how George Parker 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
Girls in a playhouse; boys with a wagon.
Girls and their dolls in carriages.
August 1920 - Girls with their best dolls on Doll Day in Colt Park
Girls on a multiple-person swing.