Thursday, September 09, 2004

Swing Sets Disappearing from Playgrounds

SCOTT SIMONSON, ARIZONA DAILY STAR - The swing set, beloved by generations of kids visiting the park, has fallen out of favor with Tucson-area park planners. Facing tougher federal safety and accessibility regulations - and a vast array of new types of equipment to choose from -local parks departments are leaving out swings as they renovate old playgrounds and build new ones.

Swing sets no longer are a standard feature in new playgrounds in the Tucson area, local parks officials said... Along with former playground stalwarts such as the endangered teeter-totter and the nearly extinct merry-go-round, swing sets have fallen victim to tougher federal safety regulations...

Other factors contribute to the slumping installation of swings in local public parks, including cost-conscious parks departments, the federal Americans With Disabilities Act and a belief that a newer generation of playground equipment can better help fight obesity and entertain children more safely.


At 7:22 PM, Blogger Toodleyboots said...

You can't have a park with no swings!! The swings are the best part of any park! What kind of fun are these kids going to have if they can't get the swing going really high and then jump out and hope they don't break anything? That's what childhood memories are made of.

At 12:13 AM, Blogger Luke said...

Well said! :-)


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