On July 18th, the New York Times published an article that highlights the changes that have occurred in playground design to decrease perceived risk, but at what cost?
From the article:
"“Children need to encounter risks and overcome fears on the playground,” said Ellen Sandseter, a professor ofat Queen Maud University in Norway. “I think monkey bars and tall slides are great. As playgrounds become more and more boring, these are some of the few features that still can give children thrilling experiences with heights and high speed.” "
"The old tall jungle gyms and slides disappeared from most American playgrounds across the country in recent decades because of parental concerns, federal guidelines, new safety standards set by manufacturers and — the most frequently cited factor — fear of lawsuits."
Read more here: Can a Playground Be Too Safe? by John Tierney