City Playgrounds Deemed Too Safe Because of Dumbed Down Designs

by , 07/31/11

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Here’s something we thought we’d never hear: Playgrounds are being deemed too safe. In a recent article posted by Shine, experts are contending that the designs of  modern playgrounds are being homogenized and dumbed down in the name of safety. “We’re now at a point where every playground is pretty much the same. And they’re boring. They’re not challenging,” says playground expert Alex Gilliam. So do today’s playgrounds pale in comparison to those of your youth? Share your thoughts with us after the jump.


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  1. Heather Fridge Sanderson March 7, 2015 at 2:22 am

    I just remembered that our next door neighbors had a fancy swing set, fancy for the 1960s. Their family had six kids and so did ours. A bunch of us, too many, were swinging like crazy, sliding, see sawing to the high heavens and climbing all over the A frame one day– when the thing just shook apart and we all fell down. One of the boys got the end of the main cross pipe stuck in his head and had to get stitches. But that same kid broke his arm wacking my brother with it. Nobody died. I love this article and question. I hope more people will post their fond memories of “dangerous” playgrounds of yore.

  2. Heather Fridge Sanderson March 7, 2015 at 2:11 am

    I got a fat, bloody lip, falling off a swing face first into the dirt, when I was trying to fly to the sky. I bit all the way through my tongue, when I was trying to pull my end of the see saw down to get on. The accidents happened at the same park in the 1960s. I would not change that park for the world. One friend broke and arm. We affectionately called it Jinx park because we were always getting hurt there. But we had fun! I have great memories. This park was on the bayou in Patterson, LA. I don\\\’t think it exists anymore. You can\\\’t keep kids from getting hurt when they are playing hard. I mean, it\\\’s a no brainer that you make sure the equipment is maintained and there isn\\\’t anything sharp to get cut on, but let the kids be kids! I agree that today\\\’s playgrounds are too fancy and they are over kill on safety and do not promote imagination. By the way, I bit through my tongue another time right in my front yard. We were playing jump rope under the flowing garden hose and my chin came down on my friend\\\’s shoulder. I can\\\’t blame that on Jinx Park.

  3. Mtabag March 5, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Modern medicine can handle the playground accidents. Broken bones get put together all the time!

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