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Fresh Prince of Bel Air Playground, from show intro, with Will Smith


Fresh Prince of Bel Air Playground, from show intro, with Will Smith

This is the site of the playground in the TV show introduction. In the show it is supposed to be West Philadelphia, but it is really in the Fairmount section of the city. Here is a twist, from a Mark de la Vina article in the Phila. Daily News, 9/18/92, that can be found on the Web: "Street mural, 4726 Spruce Street, West Philadelphia [19139]. Urban art graced the cover of DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince's 1991 LP 'Homebase' and is across the street from the neighborhood basketball court that makes a weekly cameo on the TV sitcom 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air.'" Several online sources say it's Roberto Clemente Park at 1800 Wallace. If you can clear this up for our viewers, please comment below. ... I'm thinking that the intro to the TV show uses the street mural, and then maybe parts of the Spruce Street and Wallace Street basketball courts. [I think I get it now. 4726 Spruce Street has the mural that was painted for the "Homebase" album cover, see http://articles.philly.com/1991-05-02/news/25797271_1_anti-graffiti-network-wall-writer-gossett. The setting just happens to have a lot of the same elements as the intro to the TV show, such as a basketball court. - Ed., 7/20/16]


Unit #: Fairmount Neighborhood
Location: 1800 Wallace Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19130, United States
Listing Category: African American History, Celebrity, Parks, Pop Culture, Television
Virtual / Real: Virtual
Created Date: 12-01-2018

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