Sugarhouse Playground (10/25/2013) A playground on the South side of Sugarhouse Park matches the Fall colors.
Fun Slides (06/16/2012) This playground equipment is located at Canyon Rim Park in Mill Creek Township.
Climbing Wall and Slide (06/16/2012) A climbing wall and fun slide were main attractions at the Venture Outdoor Festival.
Futuristic Playground Equipment (03/01/2013) The park department added some futuristic playground equipment to Evergreen Park during the community center upgrade.
Evergreen Playground (03/01/2013) The Evergreen Playground equipment in the snow. (So much for the name. The park didn't stay forever green in 2012).
Safety Teeter Totter (03/01/2013) Parks have been removing Teeter-Totters due to liability exposure. My guess is that this spring loaded contraption is the modern replacement. The thing in the background is a really cool pumpkin carriage. I like the pumpkin.
The playgrounds of my youth involve towering rusted steel monolyths posing as slides, toe crushing seesaws, rusted steel girders welded together into jungle gyms, and swings designed to hurl kids into the stratosphere.
In the 70s and 80s, lawyers discovered that there was big money to be made suing communities into submission over their playgrounds.
The playgrounds of my youth were systematically torn down. Today we see a new breed of playgrounds designed by professional playground manufacturing companies. The designs are made to appease liability concerns. They lack the great height and moving parts that might schrunch hands. Many of the playgrounds are designed around themes such as trains, forts or undersea worlds.
Many of these pictures were taken on Saturdays and Sundays in the summer. Sadly, many use playgrounds suffer a conspicuous lack of children. Perhaps they are home playing with the many Toys and Games on the market.