Durham Playgrounds

Mushroom climbs one of these ultra-modern playgrounds that are going in all over. I wonder how the old playground game "Dirt" would look on something like this.

I know, I think about playgrounds way too much.  I just love finding anything with new elements.  I wish we could find amazing or interesting ones like those featured in the blog Playscapes.  Alas!  But anything new is worth the notice for me.  Both of these playgrounds we found in North Carolina had a feature I’m seeing more and more in playgrounds: the slide without rims.  BalletBoy thinks they’re exciting because they’re “dangerous.”  The first one was small, but it had a large arch that gave it the illusion of height.  I’m not sure what I think of that.  It was interesting from a design standpoint, but I’d rather have actual height.  The second one was a much bigger playground with a very tall feature.  Kids were kept from falling by metal grilles.

Check out that funky seesaw. I like that it compromises between actually being a lever (no springs!) and following safety guidelines that prohibit the old-fashioned (and better) kind.

2 thoughts on “Durham Playgrounds

  1. i remember those days of always seeking out a playground wherever we went! A good playground meant a few minutes of peace and quiet, and maybe reading for me!

  2. I saw something new to me at the Phoenixville, PA playground yesterday: a long rubberized cylinder, maybe 20′ long and 10″ in diameter, held up like a balance beam. Two teenage boys stood up on opposing marked ends and started bouncing to knock the other off balance. It looked really fun, but our little guy was so absorbed by the tunnel slide we didn’t get to try it.

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