Summer in the City (Lawrence, MA)

In the nineteenth century there were parks in the city, but no playgrounds (or playsteads as they were called in Lawrence).   The playground movement developed in Boston and New York and then spread around the country as cities looked for healthy activities for young people in a crowded urban environment.  First came the playgrounds and ball fields; then swimming pools and ice rinks.  Little league and other organized sports would follow.

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