Old/New Slides

Old playground slide on the right (must be decades old) — new slides, behind Yogi, and behind the gazebo


Very much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all of you, I do have a few over on BL -- in Bill's Day Rides, and one journal.

7 response to "Old/New Slides"

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 29, 2019

      Yep! I wonder if the are CPSC approved today?
      Oh, yeah, treat with a little sand to slick them up a little more.
      Open slides on the new ones are low, higher slides are a tube you cant fall out of.
      How did we survive???

      • By: Scooter Posted: June 29, 2019

        That’s my question too. Especially guys, who think they’re indestructible. It’s a wonder any of us survived to old age still intact.

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: June 29, 2019

    I think some of Darwin’s natural selection was going on in the old playgrounds. All the kids with bikes would play ‘chicken’ after school trying to knock each other off their bikes.

  2. By: Lah Posted: July 1, 2019

    I came up with the old time metal slides, swings with long metal chains that you could really get high on, and heavy boarded seesaws, but my favorite playground equipment at my elementary school was the Maypole. There were about a dozen chains with a handle on the ends of each. We’d all take off running around until we were fast enough to lift our legs. I remember a lot of kids letting go before their feet were back on the ground and ending up with bloody elbows. Nobody sued. I don’t remember any parent coming over to complain. Love your old and new picture.

  3. By: NancyG Posted: July 1, 2019

    Ah yes — all good memories that I can definitely relate to.
    Nice slides Rich.

  4. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: July 1, 2019

    On the way to Dartford, Kent there was a giant, metal slide. It was worth a bike ride to get there and tackle it. In the summer it smelt hot and was hot – even in England. Sometimes it was difficult to hold the rails when climbing because they felt like they were burning and it certainly warmed the bum and thighs on the way down.

    These modern playgrounds with parents hovering about would not be for us!! Soft ground under swings – what was wrong with concrete? Swings with wooden seats and chains that you could try to loop the loop on – that’s the way to go. Competitions to see who could propel themselves the furthest from the swing by slipping off at the high point. Or could you land on that pesky kid from round the corner. Broken arms and legs were rare – we learnt damage limitation!!

    Ah – they miss so much these days.

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