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Those Fun Old Merry Go Rounds in Parks and Playgrounds
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.
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
We need to be careful with the things that bring us joy, and never take safety precautions for granted.