*********Readers, one of you asked us to start a list of parks that still have merry-go-rounds. Does yours? If so, please tell us where it is!*********
Readers, did you grow up with a merry-go-round at the park? And now?
Interestingly, I couldn’t find any laws that state merry-go-rounds mustÂ go, only reams of regulations as to how high they can be, Â how fast they can spin, etc. So maybe their near-extinction is simply due to a combination of excess rules, along with the specter of lawsuits. From one law firm’s website:
If your child was severely injured from playing on a merry go round, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and pain and suffering if the equipment is not up to code. For a free playground accident lawsuit case evaluation, fill out the simple form below and your case will be reviewed within 24 hours.
Which brings us to modern-day merry-go-round design. In order to abide by regulations and stave off suits, this companyÂ created a merry-go-round Â that “encourages children to sit down while the ride is in motion.”
And then there are the do-good groups trying to keep kids safe (possibly by immobilizing them). As this site Â notes:
“It only takes a second to collide with a moving swing, merry-go-round or teeter-totter.”
Isn’t that also true of a wall, by the way? Or a refrigerator? Or a giant (really giant) squirrel? Why make it seem like playgrounds are so dangerous? And it goes on to warn:
“How kids use the monkey bars, swings, merry-go-round,Â slides, etc., and the way they interact with others on theÂ playground determine whether or not they will get hurt.Â Because childrenâ€™s imaginations run wild, kids are at high risk,Â especially around their peers. Left alone, kids are apt to takeÂ chances, too.”
Gracious! That means, I guess, that we should NEVER leave them alone with their peers! That sounds dangerously like…playing!
Finally, here are instructions for how to dismantle a merry-go-round (with GREAT comments). And a lovely post at Think Banned Thoughts about a pre-k’s fight to save its 25-year-old playground equipment SUDDENLY deemed too fun to endure.
Er…too dangerous. – L.