There used to be one exactly like this in City Park, in the 50s, says my friend Norm. He would know–he grew up right across the street.
Today, you have to look hard to find retro playground equipment. I’ve already seen City Park replace its heavy plastic sets 3 times in the past 12 years.
But before the plastics, before 1970s wood ladders and swinging rope bridges, before the heavy iron monkey bars of my childhood–kids played on frail metal with splintery wood. Like this merry-go-round/roundabout at a remote park 20 miles outside of Douglas, Wyoming.
That’s a couple hundred miles from here, but I know where there are some closer: Poudre Park Community Center still has one (and I hear the church there is about to get another). A few years ago I saw one decaying in the back of what’s left of the Buckeye Community Center, too.
You could go ride these, I suppose. But please, not without first reviewing with your child these 51 safety warnings for an accident-free outdoor romp.