Whenever the weather starts to warms up, playgrounds emerge from their wintery hibernation, filling up with the unmistakable sound of rambunctious kids laughing and screaming, just like they have for decades, if not centuries. There are swings and slides, merry-go-rounds and monkey bars, offering parents a well-deserved breather, while their kids burn off all of that pent-up energy. Playgrounds dot the landscape of every urban and suburban environment and are the source of many beloved childhood memories.
Of course, upon closer inspection, the playgrounds of today really bear little resemblance to those we remember from yesteryear. They have been made undeniably safer – with their bouncy bark-like substance covering the ground, and their construction materials, which now favor plastic, rather than the metal and wood contraptions we grew up with. And while less broken bones are undeniably a good thing, one can’t help but notice that these newfangled places to play have a little less charm than their predecessors. Luckily, there are few old-school playgrounds still scattering the countryside to remind us of what we sacrificed in the name of safety. These aging stomping grounds serve to remind us of the carefree days of youth and with one glance, it’s hard to keep the memories from flooding back. Here is one such place:
Now, if you really want to take a trip down memory lane and see some wonderful imagery of retro playgrounds, our friends over at PlaidStallions have some great pictures to offer. Take note of the metal construction, not to mention the sea of asphalt, which might not have been too forgiving, but also allowed a perfect arena for hopscotch, jumping rope, and perhaps even a rousing game of Red Light Green Light.
Surely you have some playground memories from your childhood. Was there a particular park that you begged your parents to drive you to, perhaps one with a huge rocket ship just taunting you to climb aboard and take command? Do you still have an old-school playground in your area that you now take your own kids to? Share those playground memories with all of us in our comments section, as we pay tribute to their former glory days. May they never be forgotten.