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End of the park drought - Elizabeth Unexplained
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End of the park drought
The park near us reopened on Saturday. I'm glad it wasn't closed as long as I had feared. Still, nine months of being closed was enough. On the other hand, needing to trek over to the other park made for a good excuse to visit Meg.

I like the new park, though it's not a universal improvement. I think that two handicapped swings out of a total of six swings is overkill. One for the park seems like an excellent thing, but why do we need two when wait times for toddler swings has been known to be tantrum inducing already? I have seen a handicapped kid at a playground exactly once, and while there may be more in the future what with the more accessible playground, I don't think they'll be anywhere near a third of the population. I can only guess that since the swings are split up on two different sets that there was some well-meaning but boneheaded law that said each set had to have a handicapped swing.

Since the playground reopened on a hot weekend, I am reminded that best thing about our playground is an old feature: the shade. Lexington Park has next to none.

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remcat From: remcat Date: June 29th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
FWIW, my kids love the handicapped swing at our playground ....
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: June 30th, 2010 01:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
The baby strapped to my chest makes loading an issue.
arcanology From: arcanology Date: June 29th, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd bet these days when you buy a standard swingset from the supplier it has one handicapped swing in it and to get a nonstandard one costs a little extra.
pekmez From: pekmez Date: June 30th, 2010 01:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd just go ahead and strap the toddler into the handicapped swing if that one's available and the baby swing isn't. Much more easily than bathrooms or parking spaces, if someone comes along who needs that one, you're going to notice. =)
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: June 30th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's not really an option for me, though it is for other parents. Typically when I am at the playground I have Duncan strapped to my front in the Moby wrap, so while I can squat and lift her into the toddler swings, leaning over long enough to get her buckled into the handicapped swing isn't really feasible.
psychohist From: psychohist Date: July 1st, 2010 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Unfortunately, that doesn't work with these swings. The straps cannot be tightened sufficiently safely to contain a toddler.
psychohist From: psychohist Date: July 1st, 2010 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)
The park has a major shortcoming: the rubbery material gets hotter than asphalt does, despite appearing to be light colored. The upshot today was that Margaret refused to play on any of the sunny parts - which is most of the park - and my feet got uncomfortably hot when pushing her in the swing. Most of the other kids also stuck to the limited shady area.

The adult scale play house that replaced the old discarded plastic play house that was so popular was not a hit either. Lots of good intentions with this park, but not so many successes, I'm afraid.

Edited at 2010-07-04 12:18 am (UTC)
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