Donna Matthews, left, and Michelle Ganswith smile on their spots at the Germania Avenue “Tot Lot.”The playground had been founded the year before by citizens who wanted to provide a place where neighborhood children could play.
Dwight Lindsey, John Hartley and Mark Swannie spent mornings delivering the Schenectady Gazette newspaper in 1967. The guys had to recruit subs for a week in July — they had won five-day vacations in northern Maine. The carriers earned time off by signing up the most subscribers during a spring competition.
Young people had other forms of recreation on their minds in 1967. Folk singers were preparing for August vocals at Hillside Elementary School in Niskayuna. Pony rides were popular at Brookside Park, off Hetcheltown Road in Glenville. Kids who lived in Schenectady’s Germania Avenue neighborhood had their own “Tot Lot.” The playground had been established in 1966 and had a merry-go-round, slide, climbing wall and monkey bars.
Swimmers in Schenectady were logging 50 miles worth of laps in the Mont Pleasant pool.