09/25/2012 04:54 pm ET Updated Nov 25, 2012

The Worst Playground In San Francisco Is At The Tenderloin's Boeddeker Park

This article comes to us courtesy of The Bay Citizen.

By Katharine Mieszkowski

It was recess in the Tenderloin, and students from San Francisco City Academy swarmed the playground at Father Alfred E. Boeddeker Park.

They slid down the rusting slide and hung from monkey bars held aloft by old beams that shed slivers of wood and green paint chips. After recess, bits of paint sometimes dot their clothes, said Vanessa Brakey, administrator for the private Christian school.

"A lot of kids get a lot of splinters from the wood around here," said Brakey, who was supervising recess last week.

The playground at Boeddeker Park was ranked the worst in San Francisco this month in a survey by the San Francisco Parks Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy group, and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.

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