Take a look at a modern playground and you can see it’s very different from what was before it. Go back some 40-50 years to the 70s and 80s and you will see that the playground has evolved immensely since those days. Those aged under 11 and teenagers as well were faced with something that we would now consider to be little more than a dangerous piece of metal. slides were mounted extremely high, swings were rusted and wrought iron, roundabouts were wood with a tendency to lose its paint and splinter. To make matters even more worse the surface of the playground was usually concrete or broken tarmac.
Luckily our attitudes have changed towards children safety quite considerably and it’s very unlikely that you’ll find playgrounds like this anymore. The Playgrounds Cheltenham way are excellent examples of these new designs, Playgrounds Cheltenham are one of the primary providers of these sites and can build them with ease and speed.
Modern playgrounds feature many different and much safer features. First and foremost, you’re more likely to find a recycled tyre rubberised playing surface. You may still get a grazed knee now and again but at least bones will remain intact. Alternatively many Councils have chosen to have a soft bark landing surface. The equipment itself is usually also made from recycled materials. Rough ends are covered with plastic or rubber and there is also padding in case of head injury. However, this isn’t to say that the pieces of equipment do not challenge children or encourage them to engage in active play.