For children, playgrounds are where magic happens. And if you count yourself among Baby Boomers or Gen Xers, you probably have fond memories of high steel jungle gyms and even higher metal slides that squeaked and groaned as you slid down them. The cheerful variety of animals and vehicles on springs gave you plenty of rides to choose from, while a spiral slide, often made of striped panels, was a repeated thrill. When you dismounted from a teeter-totter, you had to be careful not to send your partner crashing to the ground or get hit in the head by your own seat. The tougher, faster kids always pushed the brightly colored merry-go-round, trying to make riders as dizzy as possible. In the same way, you’d dare your sibling or best friend to push you even higher on the swing so your toes could touch the sky. The most exciting playgrounds would take the form of a pirate ship, a giant robot, or a space rocket.
“My husband would look at these big metal things and go, ‘Oh my God, those are the Slides of Death!'”
Today, these objects of happy summers past have nearly disappeared, replaced by newer equipment that’s lower to the ground and made of plastic, painted metal, and sometimes rot-resistant woods like cedar or redwood. The transformation began in 1973, when the U.S. Congress established the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which began tracking playground injuries at hospital emergency rooms. The study led to the publication of the first Handbook for Public Playground Safety in 1981, which signaled the beginning of the end for much of the playground equipment in use. (See the latest PPS handbook here.) Then, the American Society for Testing and Materials created a subcommittee of designers and playground-equipment manufacturers to set safety standards for the whole industry. When they published their guidelines in 1993, they suggested most existing playground surfaces, which were usually asphalt, dirt, or grass, needed to be replaced with pits of wood or rubber mulch or sand, prompting many schools and parks to rip their old playgrounds out entirely.
That said, removing and replacing playground equipment takes money, so a certain amount of vintage playground equipment survived into the next millennium—but it’s vanishing fast. Fortunately, Brenda Biondo, a freelance journalist turned photographer, felt inspired to document these playscapes before they’ve all been melted down. Her photographs capture the sculptural beauty and creativity of the vintage apparatuses, as well as that feeling of nostalgia you get when you see a piece of your childhood. After a decade of hunting down old playgrounds, Biondo published a coffee-table book, 2014’s Once Upon a Playground: A Celebration of Classic American Playgrounds, 1920-1975, which includes both her photographs of vintage equipment and pages of old playground catalogs that sold it.
Starting this November, Biondo’s playground photos will hit the road as part of a four-year ExhibitsUSA traveling show, which will also include vintage playground postcards and catalog pages from Biondo’s collection. The show will make stops in smaller museums and history centers around the United States, passing through Temple, Texas; Lincoln, Nebraska; Kansas City, Missouri; and Greenville, South Carolina. Biondo talked to us on the phone from her home in small-town Colorado, where she lives with her husband and children.
Collectors Weekly: What inspired you to photograph playgrounds?
Biondo: In 2004, I happened to be at my local park with my 1-year-old daughter, who was playing in the sandbox. I had just switched careers, from freelance journalism to photography, and I was looking for a starter project. I looked around the playground and thought, “Where is all the equipment that I remember growing up on?” They had new plastic contraptions, but nothing like the big metal slides I grew up with. After that, I started driving around to other playgrounds to see if any of this old equipment still existed. I found very little of it and realized it was disappearing quickly. That got to me.
I felt like somebody should be documenting this equipment, because it was such a big part—and a very good part—of so many people’s childhoods. I couldn’t find anybody else who was documenting it, and I didn’t see any evidence that the Smithsonian was collecting it. As far as I could tell, it was just getting ripped up and sent to the scrap heap. At first, I started traveling around Colorado where I live, visiting playgrounds. Eventually, I took longer trips around the Southwest, and then I started looking for playgrounds whenever I was in any other parts of the country, like around California and the East Coast. It was a long-term project—shot over the course of a decade. And every year that I was shooting, it got harder and harder to find those pieces of old equipment.
Collectors Weekly: How did you find them?
Biondo: I would just drive around. I started hunting down local elementary schools and main-street playgrounds as well as neighborhood playgrounds. If I had a weekend, I would say, “OK, I’m going to drive from my home three hours east to the Kansas border, stay overnight and drive back.” Along the way, I would stop at every little town that I’d pass. They usually had one tiny main-street playground and one elementary school. I never knew what I was going to find. In a poorer area, a town often doesn’t have much money to replace playground equipment, whereas more affluent areas usually have updated their playgrounds by now. It was a bit of a crap shoot. Sometimes, I’d drive for hours and not really find anything—or I’d find one old playground after the other, because I happened to be in an area where equipment hadn’t been replaced.
I couldn’t get to every state, so I had to shoot where I was. I think there certainly are still old playgrounds out there, especially in small towns. But there’s fewer and fewer of them every year. My book has something like 170 photographs. I would guess that half the equipment pictured is already gone. Sometimes, I’d go back to a playground with a nice piece of equipment a year later to reshoot it, maybe in different lighting or a different season, and so often it had been removed. That pressured me to get out as often as I could because if I waited a few weeks, that piece might not be there anymore.
Collectors Weekly: What did you learn about playground history?
Biondo: I didn’t know American playgrounds started as part of the social reform or progressive movement of the early 1900s. Reformers hoped to keep poor inner-city immigrant kids safe and out of trouble. Back then, city children were playing in the streets with nothing to do, and when cars became more popular, kids started to get hit by motorists. Child activists started building playgrounds in big cities like Boston, Chicago, and New York as a way to help and protect these kids. These reformers felt they could build model citizens by teaching cooperation and manners through playgrounds. These early main-street parks would also have playground leaders who orchestrated activities such as games and songs.
“I started driving to playgrounds to see if any old equipment still existed. I found very little of it and realized it was disappearing quickly.”
In the late 1800s, Germans developed what they called “sand gardens,” which are just piles of sand where kids can come dig and build things. There were few of those in the United States as well. But by the early 1900s, the emphasis of playgrounds was on the apparatuses, things kids could climb on or swing on.
Soon after I started researching playground history, I happened to stumble on an eBay auction for a 1926 catalog that the playground manufacturers used to send to schools. At that point, I wasn’t thinking of doing a book, but I thought I could do something with it. I won the catalog; I paid, like, $12 for it. And it was so interesting because I could see this vintage equipment when it was brand new and considered modern and advanced. The manufacturers boasted about how safe it was and how it was good for building both muscles and imaginations.
After that, I would always search on eBay for playground catalogs, and I ended up with about three dozen catalogs from different manufacturers. My oldest is 1916, and my newest is from 1975. So I would take a photograph of some type of merry-go-round, and then I might find that same merry-go-round in a 1930 catalog. Often in the book, I pair my picture with the page from the catalog showing when it was first manufactured. I discovered a couple dozen manufacturers, which tended to be located in the bigger industrial areas with steel manufacturing, like Trenton, New Jersey, and Kokomo and Litchfield, Indiana. Pueblo, Colorado, even had a playground manufacturer. Burke and GameTime were big 20th century companies, and actually are among few still in existence.
Collectors Weekly: I recently came across an old metal slide whose steps had the name of the manufacturer, American, forged in openwork letters.
Biondo: I love those. One of the last pages in the book shows treads from six different slides, and they each had the name of their manufacturer in them, including Porter, American, and Burke. One time when I was traveling, I did a quick side trip to a small town with an elementary school. In the parking lot was this old metal slide with the American step treads, lying on its side. You could tell it had just been ripped off out of the concrete, which was still attached to the bottom, and was waiting for the steel recyclers to come and take it away.
I thought, “Oh my gosh, just put it on eBay! Somebody is going to want that. Don’t melt it down.” But nobody thinks about this stuff getting thrown away when it should be preserved. If you go on eBay, you can find a lot of those small animals on springs that little kids ride, because they’re small enough to be shipped. Once I saw someone selling one of those huge rocket ships, which had been dismantled, on eBay, but I don’t know if anybody ever bid on it. It’s rare to see the big stuff, because it is so expensive to ship. It’s like, “What kind of truck do you need to haul this thing away?” I don’t know of anyone who’s collecting those pieces, but I hope somebody is.
Collectors Weekly: It seems like an opportunity for both starting a collection or repurposing the material.
Biondo: I photographed many of the apparatuses as if they were sculptures because they have really cool designs and colors. Even when they’re worn down, the exposed layers of paint can be beautiful. Hardly anybody stops to look at it that way. People drive by and think, “Oh, there’s an old, rusty, rundown playground.” But if you take the time to look closely at this stuff, it’s really interesting. Just by looking at these pieces, you can picture all the kids who played on them.
Collectors Weekly: Aren’t people nostalgic for their childhood playgrounds?
Biondo: While I was taking the pictures, I visited Boulder, Colorado, which is a very affluent community. I was sure there would be no old playground equipment there. When I was driving around, all of a sudden, I looked over and saw this huge rocket ship. It turns out that one of the original NASA astronauts, Scott Carpenter, grew up in Boulder, and this playground was built in the ’60s to honor their hometown boy. Because of that, the citizens of Boulder never wanted to take down the rocket ship. One of the first exhibitions of this photography project happened in Boulder, and at the opening, I sold four prints of that rocket ship. People would come up to me at the exhibition, and they’d go, “Oh my gosh, I grew up playing on this when I was a little kid! Now, my kids are playing on it, and I’m so excited that I can get a picture of it and hang it in their bedroom.” So people have a strong nostalgic attachment to this equipment. It’s sad that most of it’s not going to be around for much longer.
Collectors Weekly: Besides slides and animals on springs, what were some other pieces that were common in older playgrounds?
Biondo: I didn’t come across as many old swings as I expected. I thought they would be all over the place, but I guess they’re gone now because they were so easy to replace. I tended to find merry-go-rounds more frequently—you know, the one where you’d run around pushing them and then jump on. When my kids were younger, they’d go out playground hunting with me, and the merry-go-rounds were their favorite things. They’re just so fun. The other thing you don’t find often is the seesaw or teeter-totter, and that was my favorite.
Before I started this project, I didn’t know there was such a variety of equipment. I figured I’d see seesaws, swings, slides, and merry-go-rounds. But I had no idea there were such things as revolving swings, which would be attached to a spinning pole via outstretched metal arms. Many mid-century pieces had themes from pop culture like “The Wizard of Oz,” “Cinderella,” “Denis the Menace,” cowboys and Indians, and Saturday-morning cartoons. During the Space Age, you started to see pieces of equipment shaped like rocket ships and satellites, because in the ’60s, Americans were so excited about space exploration. What was going on in the broader culture often got reflected in playground equipment.
Pursuing the catalogs was eye-opening. I live about an hour and a half south of Denver, so I often looked for playgrounds around the city. There, I’d find these contraptions where were shaped like umbrella skeletons, but then they had these rings hanging off the spindles. I’ve never seen them outside of Colorado. Then I bought a 1930s catalog from the manufacturer in Pueblo, Colorado, which is only 45 minutes from me, and it featured this apparatus. Later, I met people in Denver who’d say, “Oh, yeah, I remember that thing as a kid. It’s kind of like monkey bars where you had to try and get from ring to ring swinging and hanging by your arms.” There was so much variety, and even so many variations on the basics.
I have a cool catalog from 1926 from the manufacturer Mitchell, which doesn’t exist anymore. I looked at one of the contraptions they advertised and I was like, “Oh my God, this looks like a torture device!” It was their own proprietary apparatus and maybe it didn’t prove to be very popular. I had never seen something like that on a playground. There probably weren’t very many of them installed.
Collectors Weekly: After a while, were you able to date pieces just by looking at them?
Biondo: From looking at the catalogs, I certainly got a better idea of when things were built. But there were a handful things I couldn’t find in the catalogs. You can guess the age by knowing the design, as well as by looking at the amount of wear and the height of the piece. Usually, the taller it was, the older it was. One of the oldest slides I photographed was probably from the ’30s. I climbed to the top to shoot it as if the viewer were going to go down the slide. Up there, the place where you’d sit before sliding had been used for so many years by so many kids that I could see an outline of all the butts worn into the metal. You can imagine all the children who must have gone down that slide to wear the metal down like that.
Collectors Weekly: How did Modernism influence playground design?
Biondo: In 1953, the Museum of Modern Art in New York held a competition for playground design. Modern Art was just getting popular, and the idea of incorporating the theories of Modernist design into utilitarian objects was in the air, and was translated into playgrounds for several years. I have a 1967 catalog that features very abstract playground equipment made from sinuous blobs of poured concrete. And you’ve probably seen some of it, but there’s not too much of that around. That’s another example of how broader cultural trends were reflected in playgrounds.
When most people think of playgrounds, they say, “Oh, that’s a kiddie subject. There’s not much to it.” But when you start looking into them, you realize playgrounds are a fascinating piece of American culture—they go back a hundred years and played a part in most Americans’ lives. These playground pieces are icons of our childhood.
Collectors Weekly:What was the impact of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which launched in 1973?
Biondo: Things started to change after that, which is why I limited to book to apparatuses made before 1975. New playgrounds were starting to be build out of plastic and fiberglass. I looked up the statistics, and according to the little research I’ve done—contrary to what you’d expect—there’s not much difference in the number of injuries on older equipment versus injuries on equipment today. A “New York Times” article from 2011 called “Can a Playground Be Too Safe?” explains that studies show when playground equipment was really high and just had asphalt underneath it and not seven layers of mulch, thekids knew they had to be careful because they didn’t want to fall. Nowadays, when everything is lower and there’s so much mulch, kids are just used to jumping down and falling and catching themselves. So kids learned to assess risk by playing on the older equipment. They also learned to challenge themselves because it is a little scary to go up to the top of the thing.
At my local park where you have new equipment, the monkey bars aren’t that high and there’s mulch below it, but a child fell and broke their arm last year. When I was talking to the principal at the school where they had just torn out that old American slide, I asked her, “Why did you replace the equipment?” She said, “We felt the parents in the community were expecting to have a little bit newer and nicer equipment. And this stuff had been here for so long.” And I said, “Have you seen a difference in injury rates since you put up your newer equipment?” She replied, “I’ve been a principal here several years, and we never had a serious broken-bone injury on the playground until four months ago on the new equipment.”
There were some nasty accidents in the ‘60s and ’70s, where kids got their arms or their heads caught in the contraptions. Those issues definitely needed to be assessed. What’s interesting is the Consumer Product Safety Commission never issued requirements, just suggested guidelines. But manufacturers felt that if their equipment didn’t meet those guidelines, they’d be vulnerable to liability. Everybody went to the extreme, making everything super safe so they wouldn’t risk getting sued.
In the last decade, people have been looking at playground-equipment design and trying to make it more challenging and more encouraging of imaginative play, but without making it more likely someone’s going to get injured. And adults, I think, are realizing kids are spending more time indoors on devices so they want to do everything they can to encourage kids to still get outside, run around, and climb on things.
Collectors Weekly: You don’t need a playground to hurt yourself. When I was a kid, I fell off a farm post and broke my arm.
Biondo: Oh, yeah, kids have been falling out trees forever—they always want to climb stuff. Playground politics are always evolving. Even in the 1920s, the catalogs talked about how safe their equipment was, and they were selling these 30-foot slides. Sometimes, I’d be out with my family on a vacation, and we’d make a little side tour to look for an old playground to shoot. My husband would look at these big metal things and go, “Oh my God, those are the Slides of Death!” because they were so huge and rickety. But back then, these were very safe pieces of equipment compared to what kids had been playing on before.
Collectors Weekly: Growing up in the 1980s, I always hated the new fiberglass slides because I’d end up with all these tiny glass shards in my butt.
Biondo: Yeah, I remember that, too. It’s always something. It is fun to talk to people about playgrounds because it reminds them of all the fun stuff they did as kids. When people see pictures of these metal slides, they tell me, “Oh my gosh, I remember getting such a bad burn from a metal slide one summer!” The metal would get so hot in the sun, and kids would take pieces of wax paper with them to sit on so they’d go flying down the slide. I have some old postcards that show playgrounds from the early ’20s. The wood seesaws not only were huge, but they had no handles so you had hold on to the sides of the board where you sat. I’m looking at that like, “Oh my God!” It’s all relative.
(To see more of Brenda Biondo’s playground photos and vintage catalog pages, pick up a copy of her book, “Once Upon a Playground: A Celebration of Classic American Playground, 1920-1975.” To find an exhibition of Biondo’s playground project, or to bring it to your town, visit the ExhibitsUSA page. To learn more about creative mid-century playgrounds around the globe, also pick up, “The Playground Project” by Xavier Salle and Vincent Romagny. If you buy something through a link in this article, Collectors Weekly may get a share of the sale. Learn more.)
Great article. One of the photos brought back a memory of a little girl I pushed on a merry-go-round. After a few attempts, she used her sign language, “push me” for the first time. What a smile that I will always remember.
I dropped my drink once riding on a swing. Not sure where I left my keys. Only in Alaska do you get acid like that
We had the rocket ship growing up. It was 5 stories of unadulterated fun. Sad to not see more childhood memories of large wooden castles with steel swirly slides, two story fortress mazes, and dangerously tall ladder frameworks of everything from busses to submarines. Damn, we were lucky as kids. Today’s sanitized playgrounds are fit for toddlers.
At least half the baby boomers have had head injuries as a youth and I myself am happy to be one of them!
Great look back at how we grew up. I remeber falling straight through the middle of a climbing apparatus. I was told you can lose a head doing that :) . My daughter loves playgrounds so much, she reviews them now. There aren’t that many great ones, but we seek out the best where ever we go. you can find her on youtube at Malvina Reviews.
What a wonderful article and pictures! Born in 1954, I fondly remember the tall metal slides and using wax paper, the teeter-totters, the merry-go-rounds, the monkey bars. The pole apparatus with the chains and rings attached was what we called the witch’s hat, and mostly we would just swing around it using one ring instead of trying to go from ring to ring. Thanks for a great trip down memory lane!
Oh, and I just bought the book!
Having grown up in Los Angeles in the 1960s, then Orange County in the 70s, I remember the old playground equipment very well. There was a rocket ship playground at Eisenhower Park, on Lincoln Ave., in Orange, Ca. Also, I remember playing on the “Mitchell Climbing Swing” !! Fun memories! Thank you for the article, I’ll look for the book!
This came at a perfect time for me! My family and I just went to a retreat site in the mountains with an old metal merry-g0-round. All the parents were talking about all the “dangerous” equipment we had so much fun on. Of course, we were all sad they won’t experience a real teeter totter. It’s a really weird feeling to see my kids having fun in the exact same way I did. I’m getting old!
i remember the old metal slides as a child in the 60s and rubbing them with wax paper to make them more slippery.
Wow, this sure strikes a chord for us baby boomers.
In Monterey, California, there is a playground/park called Dennis the Menace, where all the local kids loved playing. One of the most popular features was an old steam locomotive. We climbed all over that thing. It is still there, but fenced off. You can guess why. (I expect it’s been left in place because it would cost a small fortune to remove it.) All the rest of the old equipment has been removed and replaced with more “modern” (boring) play structures. There used to be this thing you could climb all the way to the top of, with no railings, and then just jump off into the sand. I don’t think I ever had the courage to do it. To my childhood vision, it seemed like it must have been 20 feet high, but I suspect it was a good bit lower. A Google image search does return some older photos.
I run an RV park in corsicana texas I have 3 pieces of vintage Mc donalds playground equipment two big mac play sets and a captian crook slide all are in great condition I need to find someone to take them away they are to dangerous if anyone knows a collector that would want the set please email me or call thank you Pat Yarian 478-334-1778
I went to Lawton OK last month to visit my Son at Fort Sill. There’s a playground next to the Holiday Inn Express that will have you questioning the date of your last tetanus shot. It’s equipped with the classics including a nauseating merry go round which could easily spin out of control, a swing set that squeaks and lifts from its foundation, a giant half dome shaped climbing sphere speckled in leftover flakes of yellow lead paint and finally a rusty metal slide that will drop you 3 feet above cold hard dirt layered with cigarette butts.
They sure don’t make em’ like they used to! However, my three year old Grandson who is accustomed to today’s state of the art community parks, didn’t seem to notice the difference and enjoyed every minute of it!
I just posted photos of a bent wood EverWear ex-school playground slide and swing set, in Show & Tell (toys, sporting goods). Can anyone identify the year? We have a 1930 catalog that almost matches.
If you were closer, I’d like your Micky D’s equipment Pat.
I’m in Upstate N.Y. and was fortunate to locate a few local
pieces such as a 40s large swing, a push Merry-go-Round,
a Stage Coach, spring toys, a large 40s metal slide, see-saws,
an 8 ft. circular global monkey bars (never seen another)
which I have all restored and built a vintage park. This year
I’m planning on restoring a Pull-a-Way Merry-go-Round
(the kind you sit on and pump) made by Game Time. I had
the Push-a-Way for quite some time and this Summer I’m
determined to bring it back to life..
If anyone happens to know of vintage playground equipment
on the east coast, I always have interest..
timnewarkny at gmail dot com
Dennis the Menace Park in Monterey CA–actually designed by Hank Ketchum, the creator of the comic strip–so impressed a visiting official from Midland, Texas, that the small West Texas city replicated it. The Midland one is the one I grew up with. Full of colorful, marvelous, & varied apparatus, very tall, surrounded only by sand, mostly metal, and full of ladders & slides & holes to jump through & platforms to jump off of. Wonderful! Now, in the process of being revamped, replacing all the fine old stuff with new, “safe” (aka dull) equipment.
I have an old merry go round – 8′ diameter with 4 horses that you ride while it goes
around. I believe it is dated between 1950-1970
Have a 6 foot 3 seat seesaw I would love to sell. Only, I can’t find one to come up with a comparable price… I will post pics in the Show n Tell page w/I the hour. If anyone might have some advice on it, I would greatly appreciate it :) Great article btw!
Very Intresting article!! And great pics here!! Brings back memories!!!
Thank you Lisa!!
A word of caution on the older play equipment. If you sell this equipment (any playground equipment) to another entity, you are still in the legal trail of safety (CPSC) and ADA compliance. This means if someone gets hurt their lawsuits will extend to you as well. Therefore the disappearance of these structures in public areas has been increased due to the requirement to comply with Consumer Safety Products Commission (CPSC) STANDARDS of playgrounds in which the public has access. These involve specific allowable designs to restrict Head Entrapment, Entanglement, Protrusion, Fall Surfacing for head impact attenuation (composition and depth), and many others. Those steel structures are being sent to recycling agencies to avoid the “legal trail”.
The “modern” Post and Deck styles we see now are the end result of these compliances in design, manufacturing and installation. Playground equipment manufacturers must comply with these standards and it now takes many years for new designs to “hit the street”. There has been a trend recently to provide some limited retro-designs with motion events. These have come on the scene to allow people, young and old, of any ability to enjoy more activity on the playground.
I loved the old playgrounds! I miss them. Removing them and putting in boring junk is one of the reasons our kids are getting fatter. They just aren’t fun. People don’t realize that a kid can hurt themselves in a padded room
There are several spring toys and old slides and playground equipment still in use in the town I live in. Anna-Jonesboro, Illinois 62906/62952.
Does anyone remember the spinning saucer? We’d lay down, holding on to the edge for dear life and let our friends spin us as fast as they could and watch the clouds spin by…so glad I grew up when I did! Thanks for the article and the memories it evoked!
Someone mentioned in a post that we babyboomers all got some kind of head injury on playground equipment and he was proud of his! I agree! Today my eyebrows are a mess. I broke one open with a tether ball and the other on a rock sitting below some wirly toy that a neighbor drug home for his kids. I also broke my chin open with a see-saw. I enjoyed every minute of my wonderful childhood.
My brother has 2 independent saddle mates, a 4 person saddle mate teeter totter, as well as one of the merry go rounds. I am looking for the original paint schemes, to paint them. I see a few of them posted, be any links to the rest would be great
I am happy to say that here in the Los Angeles area in the city of Torrance “Rocketship Park” still exists, with one of few surviving tall metal rocket ships in the U.S. I think in the 1990’s the city actually removed it, but the neighborhood organized and managed to get the city to re-install it. It is on a hill in south Torrance with a nice view of the city to boot.
I grew up in New Orleans and they had many parks with the tall rocket slide. That was my favorite. You always had to watch out for the wasp nest that seemed to pop up everywhere within the structure during the summer. But if you left them alone you didnt have to worry much. That slide was as high as you could get from the ground when you were a little kid. We would climb to the top and just hang out there for a while with our friends and take in the sites and feel the thing move around when we moved too much. We had my share of injuries but it taught us how to be responsible for our own safety. I’m sad that they are gone and my son will never get the chance to play in one. Thanks for the article.
Bestest, funnest piece of playground equipment EVER? The Witch’s Hat. Go to Google and do an image search for “witch’s hat” and “playground.” Yeah, they could be a bit dangerous, what with kids jumping inside and being crushed between the merry-go-round and the central pole, but that’s just natural selection at work. And kids were tougher back then.
We still have old playground equipment in our park. A high metal slide. The long swings and 2 old horses. A young man in our neighbor3 is repainting them for his voted out badge. Now we are trying to figure out how to get the horses to rock again. They have been here since the 1970’s.
I live in Summerville,SC
Played many a time on that rocket ship in orange at Eisenhower park , then my kids later. Rode my flexy racer down sidewalks and parks all around orange and Anaheim and still have both of the flex racers hanging in the garage.
I lived in the College Park subdivision in Deer Park Texas and attended College Park Elementary School. In the middle of College Park there was a rocket ship playground! We climbed every square inch inside and out taking our imaginations in every direction. That Summer I broke both arms on a steel jungle gym that was not cemented in the ground. The picture of the Rocket playground was the same one we had in the late 60’s.
I’m wondering if there’s ANY vintage slides in the VS/ VA Beach AREA? And hiw to purchase or CINDsales in vintage playgrounds Equipment