Whatever happened to the fun wooden playgrounds of yester-years?
Growing up, just outside my neighborhood we had 2 wooden playgrounds.
The first, was a tall structure with 3 different levels and wooden bridge where the boards would sink a little as you ran across it. It had metal poles and metal slides, 2 sets of swings and then another section with tall plastic structures with holes that we could climb in and play in.
This was seriously the best playground ever - the thumbnail doesn't do it justice!
I remember spending hours there in the warm evenings and on the weekends it was crawling with kids! Our parents would sit on the benches and read books while we'd have adventures with our friends, using our imaginations to create scenarios and breaking into groups with some of the other kids there.
Here's a few photos of it, from back in the day:
Unfortunately, in the early 90s, some businesswoman bought the property the park was on decided that wouldn't make her money, so she had them tear down our beloved wooden playground - we were all furious and upset too, how dare they tear down our playground! Fortunately, they were able to keep it in pieces and eventually rebuilt it, however it was moved all the way across town, and by that time we were all older. I'll probably take my kids to it someday, just so they too can experience the awesomeness of this old playground!
That woman never did anything with the property either - to this day, it's still vacant with a For Sale - Will Build to Suit to sign that's been there for about 10 years now.