Emeryville Center of Community Life, ECCL, has the newest, and coolest playground around. This completely vertical playground is the only one of its kind in The Bay (and only second in the US). I was a bit scared at first, but my boys jumped, or rather climbed, right in. There's multiple entrance and exit points – a rock wall, slide, poll, holes – and endless areas to explore.
The only thing we're unsure of – when is it open?
A representative of ECCL told us it's open during evenings and weekends, through the front door of the community center or a side gate on 53rd Street.
We found our way in one evening through a few open doors as people were coming out, but tried again on a weekend with no such luck.
The playground belongs to Emeryville's elementary school, so it's not open during school hours (or camp hours in the summer), and is also guarded by multiple locks.
Does anyone know the mystery code? With a playground this novel, we all want to be in the know!
Emeryville Center of Community Life is located at 4727 San Pablo Ave in Emeryville.
[All photos by Anna Azimi]