From Axios’ morning email thingie, so the weird formatting and odd bullets are totally theirs:
“‘Adult Recess’ Is Booming,” with people reliving schoolyard memories with tetherball, hopscotch and Lincoln Logs, despite sore muscles and tweaked knees, The Wall Street Journal’s Jim Carlton reports (subscription):
- “In Seattle’s Cal Anderson Park, about 1,000 men and women turned out for an adult recess … that included kickball, hopscotch and tetherball, along with chicken nuggets and grilled cheese.”
- “In Greensboro, N.C., the city decided to put on an adult recess [that] included Twister, four square and tetherball.”
Afterward, many head to a bar.
Imma call bullshit. Jim Carlton clearly is out of his depth in reporting how infantile Seattle is.
As Cal Anderson PLAYFIELD is in my neighborhood and I walk past it at least twice daily, I can confirm that are no tetherball courts anywhere in the playfield or park, I’ve never seen anyone playing kickball. It’s a big park/playfield, BUT 1K hipsters playing four square? Hopscotch? It would be noticeable. Also: There is no large expanse of concrete to do this, so this is also patently BS.
I once did see some nerds playing quiddich (SP? – the harry potter broomstick thingie). Lotsa frisbee going on, tossing footballs, hackysack, etc. During Pride, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence play rugby there. $3 Bill Cinema often runs a movies-in-the-park program during the summer, and I recall once that there was a pillow-fight as a fundraiser there.
The astroturf-covered playfield mostly has people lounging and canoodling when the weather is nice. What you mostly see in Cal Anderson Playfield are basketball, softball, and soccer.
The tennis courts often feature bike polo at night and during the day it is skateboarders who bring in objects on which to practice jumps and slides. Sometimes you even see some people playing tennis.
Cal Anderson PARK is adjacent and it has grassy knolls to lounge upon, and is dominated by a water feature that runs the entire length of the park portion (there is a reservoir underneath, so this is reclaimed urban space). Again, no organized games, but lotsa dogs running around fetching tennis balls. Oh, and canoodling. Maybe canoodling is a sport?
There’s a kiddie wading pool, and swing set and play-structure-with-slides area that sort of separates the two main areas of the facility.
Across Pine Street from the Playfield is Molly Moon’s ice cream and the Elliot Bay Bookstore is nearby, as well as some bars that are only open at night, but a lot of cafes. You cannot legally drink in any park in Seattle, but there is definitely a low-key, don’t-be-an-asshole attitude to both obeying it and enforcing it.