Retro playground equipment

It’s difficult to look at modern playground equipment and not feel a pang for the swings and slides of my youth. Unfortunately many proved to be serious safety hazards and were phased out around fifteen years ago.

My favourite childhood park was Caulfield, it was a mecca of unsafe playground equipment in the eighties. From memory there were three playgrounds interconnected by an aviary which I’m now wondering if I am hallucinating reading that back (if anyone else can confirm peacocks in the middle of an urban park, that’d be great).

My playground equipment of choice sort of looked like a Wizzy Dizz on a swing. Unwritten law said that no one swung inside the ball, you had to sit astride it and preferably while smoking a packet of lolly fags.

On quiet days, we owned that park. On busy days THERE IS ANOTHER GODDAMN KID ON MY WIZZY DIZZ!! is kind of how it went down. Other favourites included:

retro playground - the rocket

 The Moon Rocket

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Retro playground - trailblazer slide

 The Trailblazer Slide

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 The Lifetime Whirl (or hurl)

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 I don’t know the official name of this one but “See-Saw Swing of Pain” is probably apt

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Retro playground - everwear slide

 Wavy slide (Really, what could go wrong?)

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Did you have a favourite piece of playground equipment as a kid?