[Summit] Summit Digest, Vol 144, Issue 13

Andrew Nosal andy at mapcenter.com
Thu Mar 30 10:57:07 CDT 2017


How about assemble the kids and let them decide whether the park is better with donated plastic toys?  And then respect the kids.

Glad I grew up with opportunities to play with actual abandoned junk in places we were not supposed to go.

> On Mar 30, 2017, at 11:23 AM, Elizabeth Moloney <moloney.beth at gmail.com> wrote:
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> Respectfully disagree David. 1)  Since when did it become ok to dump your toys in a public space and since when did we become so worried about enhancing playgrounds/nature for kids?  My kid is not experiencing the "park" by playing with OPT (other people's toys).  It's enhancing for her when she learned how to climb, or swing, or find a leaf or build a house of sticks, not play with the same toy they have at home (or use at a friend's house) at the expense of actually using the playground.    If you want to have your own backyard (if you are lucky to have one) this chock full of cr*p - most of which is broken- feel free but please don't do it on city property.   
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> But then again this is also the same playground (at least Morris was) which for the longest time had a table stuck under the "ladder" in some over developed sense of "playground safety" so can't say I'm surprised.    All it did in reality was teach the exact opposite of how to safely climb a ladder.  Saw many kids wobble and fall while trying to stand on the table between the rungs way more than they would have if they just were given the chance to climb and use their hands and fit and figure it out.
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> And my kid for one likes to run and when it's all full of junk, you really can't.
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> Applauding the city for finally dealing with this and hope they do it on a regular basis!
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> On Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 11:07 AM, David Schrag <david at schrag.net <mailto:david at schrag.net>> wrote:
> The toys there were hardly of the creativity-crushing type. Many of them had no moving parts or even decorations. None of them did anything without a child's interaction, and some encouraged group play (e.g. a small see-saw). I understand the city's concerns with regard to safety. Many toys were broken and had sharp edges or other hazards, and I get that the city can't regularly inspect and selectively remove the dangerous ones. But I hope that a solution can be reached to allow some toys back on a semi-permanent basis, as they definitely enhanced the toddlers' experience of the park.
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