Park in South S.L. to get a playground makeover
I had forgotten about the slide at Cottonwood Park, I remember the excitement of
being able to ride bikes from my cousins to there. Thanks for the memory.I agree that parks need to be kept safe, but how will a child grow and develop
if they are not challenged. I learned at an early age (1st B-day) that the
bright shiny thing on the cake was HOT, never did that again, no it was not
child abuse, it was allowing a child to grow and explore their world in a
supervised but not controlling. I agree with the comment of happy to have grown
up years ago.
I remember the giant metal slide at Big Cottonwood Park - it was very fast and
lots of fun! My siblings and I spent many hours there and not one injury or
broken bone. This was 35 years ago when I was free to ride my bike to the store,
library, park and around the neighborhood; our front door was not locked; and
kids played out on the lawn until dark while moms visited.
My 6 year old daughter is completely bored with all the parks around us. They
are all newer, "safer" parks and have no swings, no monkey bars, no teeter
totter, slides that slide at a rate of about a foot per minute, and 5 inch
stairs leading up to everything.In all seriousness, I have often
wondered whether the sanitized playgrounds are teaching her the false lesson
that the world is safe; that her environment will protect her, and therefore,
she doesn't need to take responsibility for her own safety.
Let the kids play. Accidents happen but let kids be kids. The parks sure have
changed since I was a kid. They aren't as fun anymore. Boring...eventually maybe
all that will be left is grass and even then someone could trip and fall on the
grass. Everyone is just too paranoid they are going to get sued and suing as
well is way out of control in our country.
We wonder why we are becoming obese. Oh of course that is Mcdonalds.
Why don't we just let kids play?Todays society has taken the fun out of
childs life and replaced it with helmets, pads, plastic, pillows and gloves.I'm glad I grew up 50 years ago.
Kind of reminds me of something I read about cigarettes: you can make them
completely safe by replacing the filter with a wood dowel. Of course, they're
no longer of much use to the smoker.