Have We Made Our Playgrounds Too Safe?


While most of America has been focusing on making children’s play-spaces safer and risk free, not everyone thinks this is the best way to go. Some playground developers are now saying that risk boosts fitness and brain development.

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46 comments
mistawag
mistawag

For those that say "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" Try a spinal injury.

DeathProof
DeathProof

Blame lawyers and lawsuits. Playgrounds will be gone sooner rather than later.

Charlie Masheen
Charlie Masheen

I miss getting thrust off the rainbow colored merry-go-round at high speed, mangled by the redneck truck roll bars staggered around the perimeter and then losing skin while sliding across the black top. Luckily there was usually just enough sand on the pavement to soak up any blood in the wounds.

Ray in Pittsburgh
Ray in Pittsburgh

I work on projects where that polymer padding is made. The off gassing will kill the kids before a concussion will.

indpendnt
indpendnt

I think it takes common sense away from the kids if they have no fear of being hurt.

mistawag
mistawag

We used to play "wash the car" or "mow the lawn" I think these kids are slackers.

Greatly Fatigued
Greatly Fatigued

An affinity for risk is what has allowed America to lead the world.  It has been declining to the extant that we value autistic academics over entrepreneurs. Now we resemble the stale, nerdy Europeans more than the down and dirty risk takers that made America great.  America needs to remember that failure is an essential ingredient for success.

Jerry65
Jerry65

Bring back the metal swing sets that used to come out of the ground when you would swing really high. Ah the good old days.

harlequincy
harlequincy

I don't see friends jumping from the highest apex of the seesaw, leaving you to crash to the ground, resulting in a bruised tailbone in this picture.

Kevin in SC
Kevin in SC

I guess monkey bars set into packed dirt arent too common these days.    I bet none of those wimps know how it feels to fall from the top of the jungle gym.  Getting the wind knocked out of you as a 7 year old builds character

FLpro
FLpro

If you don't already know, that blue stuff on the ground under what they're climbing on is colored chunks of cut-up used tires and the kids will actually "bounce" off of it if ever they were to fall.....I on the other hand grew up playing on monkey bars with a concrete pad under it!? Wow, things really have changed.

White Lake Dan
White Lake Dan

I thought Ant didn't allow pics of his back yard! Oh well pretty nice setup for his "friends".

harlequincy
harlequincy

risk boost fitness and brain development? Don't they have pills for this now?

Ziggy Stardust
Ziggy Stardust

This will be great when they jump off the garage and think, "hey, no consequences !! "   

Narc Zito
Narc Zito

When  I was a kid, we had playground bridges over lakes of lava, while a monster at the far side threw hammers at us.  Either that or I played too many video games.

JBinTN
JBinTN

Uncle Paul likes!

M_Architect
M_Architect

No "gets scorching hot in the sun" tall as F' metal slide? These kids have no idea how good they have it!

RonsCigar
RonsCigar

If you want to make it safe, just keep Elmo away.

filler
filler

We never had playgrounds close enough to our house, but we always did have big piles of dirt to play on.