Thursday, August 04, 2011

playground

This past Saturday the girls were promised a trip to the playground.  We usually don't go that often because the few playgrounds that are here just aren't that nice.  The equipment is really old and fairly unsafe And since it is made of metal, it is usually hot to the touch since the sun is out most of the time.

Luckily it was getting ready to rain when we headed over so it wasn't too hot.  The girls were just happy because they like going there.  I just get frustrated that the State/Government won't spend money on new equipment.  Or, maybe they got the funds to but someone pocketed them. Who knows.

Here you see Emily, happy as ever, on the swings.  Notice the swing seat next to here.  It is missing the middle slats.


They just recently painted all the equipment.  I guess trying to disguise how old and crappy it is.  I didn't take a picture of it, but there are a total of 12 swings.  I think 5 of them are not in working order.  The metal has broken where the chain from the swing attaches to the top of the set.  Instead of fixing them they have tied the chain around the metal bar.  Not safe!

Here you can see how tall and unsafe the slides are.  And as I mentioned they are metal.  It is like having a frying pan to slide on.


Here is an older picture where you can get a better perspective of how tall the slides are.  Emily is attempting to climb up it.  They are just so steep and slippery that the girls will shoot right off the sides because there is no sides on the actual slide.


While I complain about how it isn't that great, I know the girls love going.  They are finally getting the hang of doing the teeter totter by themselves.


The equipment is long overdue to be replaced, but there is one nice thing about this particular playground.  They have grass!  Year round.   


There is an old man that comes and puts sprinklers out and keeps the grass nice and green.  He is really sweet and likes to talk.  This picture is from a while back.  Jorge was chatting it up with the guy.


That same old man is also responsible for feeding the ducks that live there year round. Each night he rounds them up and put them back in the cages where they sleep.


I should stop complaining and just appreciate that there is a nice green place to go here.  The girls really love it and if you go at the right time of day, the ducks will be your best friend if you bring bread.

2 comments:

Tara from Me and the Mexican said...

The pictures are so pretty! It's a shame the equipment is not safe to play on. Those are some big slide and with no sides.... crazy! Good thing you supervise and only let them play on what you feel comfortable.
The ducks look like they would be fun to feed.
Are you a photographer? Just curious.

greengagirl said...

That looks like the equipment we had at my elementary school in the early 90's. They ended up replacing it once I reached the age where we were put on the other playground (no slides, just teather ball.)