The Play's the Thing Modern Playground Equipment Adds Value — and Fun

 Back in the day when most of us were little kids, playgrounds largely consisted  of swing-sets, teeter-totters, some monkey bars, and maybe a metal slide or  two, along with the requisite basketball hoops and tetherball set-up.  

 Since then, playground equipment has come a very long way—gone are the colorless pieces of welded metal set up in merciless black asphalt.  Kids today get to play on all kinds of cool, interactive equipment, and if they  happen to take a spill, chances are their fall will be broken by several inches  of industrial-grade foam padding instead of concrete or pea-gravel.  

 Swing Shift

 A couple of decades ago, playground equipment all looked pretty much the same  and posed the same safety risks for the kids using it. However, that all began  to change about 25 years ago.  

 “The options for playground equipment have expanded greatly,” Moira Staggs, a sales representative for NuToys Leisure Products in LaGrange,  says. “There are all kinds of different play apparatuses available now and you have a  huge range of things to do on a playground. Whereas 25 years ago you might have  had a bridge or two, now you’ve got 20 to choose from. The range of challenge out there has expanded with the  use of all different kinds of materials—nets, rocks, piping, rotomolded plastic, there’s just an incredible amount of ways to design the systems and also different  kinds of things for kids to do with their bodies, like spinning, bouncing,  there’s rides.”  

 Industry experts say that the concept of continuous play, plus advances in  materials and technology in the 1980s and 1990s led to a huge expansion in  opportunities for commercial playground equipment. Another major change  occurred in 1981 when, in light of numerous playground injuries such as  children falling off of teeter-totters, slides and monkey bars, led the  Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to publish the first Handbook for  Public Playground Safety, which was designed to provide guidelines for making  playgrounds safer.  


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