Google Sketchup Playgrounds
by Hunter Chandler
Define the Problem
Criteria: The playground must consist of 6 different play elements (e.g. Swings, Slide, Climbing Wall, Monkey Bars.. etc.), Must be kid-friendly and safe.
I also want to add some older models of equipment but, safer. A lot of equipment that was actually fun has been banned from virtually every playground nation wide, so I want to bring back some of the older things that actually were fun (Tetherball, Still Rings, Possibly even a Giant Stride/Witches Hat)
Hold on and don't let go! Witches Hat's were a very old model of the today's merry go round, they were bigger, and more unstable, BUT. Kids loved them. The thrill of holding on for dear life and not wanting to let go.
Tetherball is a simple game, you hit the ball and try to ring it around the pole until it wont stop. Of course this game was seen as dangerous (Of course football is safe). Tetherball was always fun because it brought competition to the playground, a way to say "I've never lost a game of Tetherball!" or brag and boast about how good you are.
Rock Climbing Wall
Rock Climbing Walls are man made plastic walls with "rocks" on them, it's to simulate as if you were climbing the side of a hill or mountain.
A Geodesic Dome or better know as "The Dome" was a way for kids to climb around (other that monkey bars) and try not to fall. When they're trying not to fall and break their neck, it adds that bit of thrill. Don't you think?
Swings are one of the oldest things to come to a playground but actually haven't been banned yet because they're still somewhat safe. Of course you risk falling out at a high height but... they're one of the safest things currently that can actually be put in a playground.
Monkey Bars are also a thing that haven't been removed quite yet. They're still safe because most monkey bars today are made to where they are not to far away from the ground so there is no risk of a kid hurting him or herself.