History of Playground Equipment
A playground is a place specifically designed as a safe area for children to be able to play there carefree. Modern playgrounds often have recreational equipments such as swings, slides, jungle gyms, sandboxes, monkey bars and trapeze rings among many others. Playgrounds help children develop physical coordination, strength, flexibility, as well as providing a great place for children to interact, amuse and enjoy themselves.
The children’s playground league was incorporated in the US in 1903 for the establishment of playground equipment, school playground equipment, and maintenance of public playgrounds for children, both indoors and outdoors. This shows how long playground equipment has been around, and also reflected in this is how much the equipment has changed.
Public playground equipment was introduced 안전놀이터 nationwide in 1907 by President Roosevelt in the US. He stated that:
“City streets are unsatisfactory playgrounds for children because of the danger. Neither small back yards nor ornamental grass plots meet the needs of any but the very small children. Older children who would play vigorous games must have places especially set aside for them; and, since play is a fundamental need, playgrounds should be provided for every child as much as schools. This means that they must be distributed over the cities in such a way as to be within walking distance of every boy and girl, as most children can not afford to pay carfare”
The equipment that is used by children now has advanced dramatically. For example there used to be huge metal slides with a ladder to climb up at the back, could you imagine children today sliding down a hot 10ft metal slide? We very much doubt it. Another item that was in older playgrounds was the merry-go-round which is becoming scarce in playgrounds today due to safety issues. Much of the equipment use to be made of metal. It wasn’t until the 1970’s where wood started to be used; however, there was still a lot of metal tubing involved. Safety standards of parks have increased since those days and to reflect that, so has the equipment.