Erlton School - Cherry Hill Parks - Cherry Hill, NJ
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
N 39° 54.715 W 075° 01.500
18S E 497863 N 4417981
Quick Description: Although listed in the name of the waymark as a school, this is NOT a school. This playground is simply built on the former site of Erlton School. As a result, this playground is very unique in its location and history.
Location: New Jersey, United States
Date Posted: 4/12/2008 9:59:46 AM
Waymark Code: WM3JH1
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Shorelander
Views: 21

Long Description:

The playground and park greets visitors at the entrance with two giant, concrete urns, flanking the entrance. As you walk to the playground you will immediately notice that the former segregated entrance concrete markers are laid out on the right and left. I thought this was so very cool and immediately thought of the waymark category designed specifically for this occurrence. Unfortunately this, and a dedication marker, are all that remains of the school.

The playground consists of a nice swing set, a large play area and a smaller one set off to the right, a monkey bar area and a fitness area. I found this to be one of the better, if not the best, of Cherry Hill playgrounds, and I have visited them all. There is also a basketball court to the right (waymark coming soon to a computer near you) and a ball field to the left.

Some other items of interest are a time capsule located between the separate entrance markers, a beautiful gazebo to the right front and a sitting area. There were interpretive signs for the various trees but it would seem local savages have laid waste to them. Now that I live close, I will have to keep a vigilant eye for predators who would seek to destroy what we have tried to build up in our home town. Other than this, this is an extremely safe playground and park to visit.

The actual playground is listed as: 20) ERLTON, Jefferson & Grant (off Park) *p, s, bc, tc, bf, h, f on our Cherry Hill Recreation web page. Our recreational areas are sometimes listed by street name or complex name.

This is map of our town. Look for 20, that is where the playground is located.

One last piece of information that probably only I find interesting, this section of Cherry Hill is a Census-Designated Place called Erlton-Elllisburg. It is named after Earl Lipincott who was the builder for the Erlton neighborhood. Although it is unincorporated, it was once its own town with its own zip code. The Erlton School was a vital link to the town, and in a sense, this park serves to preserve that link.

Hours of Operation: From: 8:00 AM To: 7:00 PM

Recommended for travelers?: yes

Playground Owned/Managed By:
Cherry Hill Parks & Recreation

Playground Web Page: [Web Link]

Park Entrance: Not Listed

Seasonal?: Not Listed

Restrooms Available: Not Listed

Business?: Not Listed

Entrance Fee: Not Listed

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