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Those Fun Old Merry Go Rounds in Parks and Playgrounds

Updated on April 12, 2012

Whatever happened to all those fun playground toys?

Don't you have the fondest memories of playing on some of the older merry go rounds?? Maybe you don't have fond memories, but sad or fearful ones, from times where kids pushed them too fast, or someone got hurt or sick. For the most part though, I think we all have fond and exciting memories though of the old fashioned merry go rounds. I know I do. This hub is a small tribute to those old times :) In this article, I am not speaking of carousels, mind you, but those things that spun around that were much smaller that you could find on many random playgrounds. Kids would run then jump on them, etc.

The picture below is taken in Oklahoma, where one of the coolest merry go rounds I have ever seen still exists today. The thing is, it may not last for much longer, and when it finally gives up its life, and breaks, will anyone repair or get a new one??

One of the most uniquie "merry go rounds" I have seen.

I don't currently have a picture of the kind of "merry go round" I am thinking was the more common type from when I was younger.
I don't currently have a picture of the kind of "merry go round" I am thinking was the more common type from when I was younger. | Source

What am I missing here?

Where did all the fun equipment go? I hope its just me, that has observed a trend in these kinds of things disappearing. I have heard some say, it is due to safety issues. That is understandable, but people worked with that for a long time. Its like anything else in life I guess. I personally never saw anyone get sick on one of those faster merry go rounds you saw on the playgrounds. Do you recall holding on to some part, especially near the middle while someone else spun that thing around as fast as they could? It was so fun and exhilarating! I am curious what you all think about the reason we don't see many of these anymore, and if you think those reasons are good reasons for removing them.

In the defense of that idea, there are many other toys like swings and monkey bars and slides that are equally fun. I have noticed a decline in the really super tall slides, and the very long swings that I used to see at neat parks as a kid. You could fly rather high on those, do you remember those as well? If a child chose to jump however, from one of those swings, then that could result in many broken bones. So it's a catch 22, less hurt children, but some never getting to experience many of the things we all took for granted long ago.

We need to be careful with the things that bring us joy, and never take safety precautions for granted.

Fun Merry Go Rounds on Playgrounds, Poll

Are you familiar with the playground equipment I am speaking of, and did you enjoy playing on those things as a kid?

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      Paula 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Ruby, I miss the tall slides as well. Those were just wonderful to slide down! Kids don't know what they are missing these days. It is so tough, because you do know there are less injuries as well. I guess I am glad to have lived back in the day that we got a chance to experience what we did.

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      Maree Michael Martin 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Really does sound fun, I sure do miss tall slides.

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Murve, that is wonderful that you still have one of those fun merry go rounds in your hometown! Lucky you!

      You are right, they also got rid of seesaws, or teeter totters, and other things. I loved the really tall swings, tall slides, spiral slides, and pretty much everything. I did fall very far once as a toddler from one of those slides. I can kind of see why they got rid of them. It is still sad, as our children and grandchildren won't get to experience them.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting on your experiences and playground equipment. I appreciate it.

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      Murve 5 years ago

      We still have one in my hometown.

      I have definitely noticed their decreasing numbers though. When I take trips to parks I used to visit as a kid, they have all been removed, along with the the teeter-totters/seesaws.

      Merry-go-rounds and giant metal spiral slides were my favorite pieces of playground equipment. I'm very sad to see them go.

      At my elementary school, we had 1 big merry-go-round, and 2 mini-merry-go-rounds. Only 3 people could fit by standing on them. We called them pukers, because they spun insanely fast.

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Farmloft, how wonderful that you took your grandkids camping like that! I bet they enjoyed that merry go round, and having you there to keep it fun and safe is great.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read, and have a great day. Thank you for your comment.

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      farmloft 5 years ago from Michigan

      A couple of years ago I took my grandkids camping and there was a merry-go-round there to play on. And yes, I had to teach them how to work it. And yes, I did worry about their safety and wouldn't let them go any faster than I could run. :) Thanks for the memories.

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      PegCole, I totally agree with your thoughts there. As long as it wasn't too dangerous, I wouldn't trade those days for the world! We were out in the sunshine and fresh air having a great time with the wind in our faces. :) So you can imagine when we had the opportunity to do this with our own boys. Thanks for the comment. :)

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      Peg Cole 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Just the name Merry-go-round sounds fun. Sure I remember being dizzy or falling off at high speeds. Some of that is what kids are losing out on in the game boy world. Those out of doors activities that require muscles are what kept us healthy.

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Denise and Phoenix, I totally agree, it brings back memories of such fun times! Yes, you would get so dizzy, but with a huge smile on your face, remember? :D

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Koffee and Cashmere, thank you for your comments! I am glad there are some still around, and Koffee, I also remember the wind through my hair just the same as you do. Wonderful memories! :)

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      PhoenixV 6 years ago from USA

      Brings back memories of being a kid, voted up!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      I remember those old merry go rounds. YOu could run alongside and really get them twirling, then hop on and when you got dizzy enough jump off and fall to the ground! LOL

      Too bad they were considered outdated and changed up for the modern equipment.

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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      Thankfully near my home you still get some good old fashioned playgrounds and yes swings and slides and merry go rounds are very much in evidence for my child at playtime :)

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I used to love going on the merry-go-rounds. It was so exciting with the wind rushing through your hair.

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Austinstar, That sounds really cool, I like your ideas! You are right, they make for some great exercise for adults too. Between the fresh air, sunshine, extra exercise, etc, you can't go wrong. See saws were great fun too, I forgot to mention those. Love all that stuff,and its great to see kids and adults enjoying the outdoors more, maybe now more than ever.

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Pamela, your comment made me smile, so glad you stopped by! Its good to remember the fun times, even far back as children :)

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      Lela 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I would like to find some of these and put them on my own property. They are great exercise items for adults too! I would like to find a source to buy really good swing sets or merry go rounds or even see-saws for adults too!

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      We do have some parks in Jacksonville with great toys for children. I have wonderful memories of playing on the merry-go-round and swinging when I was a child. Your hub gave me a walk down memory lane and a smile on my face. Thanks.