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(Washington Post)   PTA buys popular new playground equipment for elementary school. School system promptly condemns the equipment, to avoid the risk of falling snowflakes   ( washingtonpost.com) divider line
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2013-02-11 04:40:06 AM  
3 votes:
If the bars are ten inches higher than regulation, why don't they just add ten inches of extra dirt to the ground?

There you go, soccer moms. I just saved your $35,000.
2013-02-11 04:42:26 AM  
2 votes:
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These were the best. A test of playground manhood not for the faint of heart.
2013-02-11 04:38:44 AM  
2 votes:
I'll always remember the adult sized pull up bars on the elementary playground. .I'm not sure how far off the ground they really were, but to us 3rd graders they were a mountain to be scaled.  The object of recess was to shimmy your way up to the top of the bars, or have a pile of kids hoist you up if you had connections, stand on the top of the thin bar, and defend against all comers.  It was glorious.  The end of recess was like the end of 300.  Every day.
2013-02-11 06:14:23 AM  
1 vote:
Went to a Catholic grade school and we had no playgound equipment... come to think of it we had no playground, I believe "parking lot" would be the best description.  From second grade on we played a game that can only best be described as some rugby-kill-the-man-football-soccer hybrid. By the second grading period every pair of pants had at least 2 layers of patches sewn into the knee because getting tackled on asphalt is generally not good for dress pants.

/good times,
2013-02-11 05:45:48 AM  
1 vote:
Note to parents: If the kid is crying and there isn't too much blood, they aren't hurt badly enough to get excited about.
2013-02-11 05:21:04 AM  
1 vote:
When I was a kid we had what we called "The Spider."

It was a 55 gallon drum on a post with 8 legs made from tubular steel. The legs were joined in pairs by cross bars for climbing. The welds were old and rusted and like the slide it was insanely hot in the sun. Was also quite the falling risk, but we loved it.

Closest pic I can find:
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2013-02-11 04:42:39 AM  
1 vote:
I set up a high tension rope network to remove some tree stumps, but the friends kids found it to be too awesome.   Long story short... one kid fell off a rope, smacked his head on a small rock, cried for a minute, then carried on.

This litigious shiat needs to end.   It ruins lives everywhere.
2013-02-11 04:39:54 AM  
1 vote:

nburghmatt: none of that stuff is even 6 feet tall. unless the kids decide to play "Swan Dive" i think they'll live.

Except for the part that's almost 8 feet tall.
2013-02-11 04:33:36 AM  
1 vote:
none of that stuff is even 6 feet tall. unless the kids decide to play "Swan Dive" i think they'll live.
2013-02-11 01:23:27 AM  
1 vote:
I'm right at that age when I can remember the fun/dangerous stuff going away as it was replaced with the so-called safe stuff that seemed to hurt more people, but maybe we were all injured less badly?
2013-02-11 01:18:58 AM  
1 vote:
Back in my day, we just hurled ourselves off the school roof and aimed for the handicapped kids...

2013-02-11 12:39:47 AM  
1 vote:

fusillade762: I can remember my grade school had these "slides" that were nothing but big V-shaped hunks of concrete. And you couldn't actually slide on them because they were so rough they'd tear a hole right through your pants.

/my lawn, off it

Ah, we had the metal slides that you couldn't slide down in summer without blistering. Good times. :D

Also, bunches of stuff made out of weathered, splintery wood and gravel covering the ground. I remember when they started using mulch, and then brought in the ugly plastic monstrosities, and my only reaction was "WTF is this shiat?!"
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