If you think kids today are being coddled too much, you’ll most certainly be unhappy with the actions city officials in Brooklyn, NY recently took when they welded — and in some cases removed — several of the moving rides in city playgrounds known as spinning disks, a sort of merry-go-round ride.
The reason they rendered the children’s ride immobile: It was deemed too dangerous for children.
Without discussing the specifics, a Parks Department spokesperson said the decision to put brakes on the equipment followed multiple reports of injuries.
The parents who frequent these playgrounds, however, don’t seem to be on the same page as the officials.
“I think it sucks,” said dad David Friedlander, whose 2-year-old can no longer use the spinning disk at Vanderbilt Playground in Prospect Park. “I think it’s a sad commentary on how litigious and afraid we’ve become of having our children get a few boo-boos.”
Friedlander also said parents should be the ones to decide if their kids can handle playing on the rides in question, not the city.
Another parent, Rebecca Stein, echoed this sentiment saying, “Playgrounds are so sanitized now. There’s no thrill. In the playgrounds of our youth you could climb and feel like you were above things and use more of your imagination. I don’t think that happens anymore.”
Yet another mom on a South Slope email list wrote in saying she doesn’t see the point in taking her kids to the playground anymore, sarcastically adding “Better lock up the swings, too.”
Indeed, swing sets are also disappearing from playgrounds all around the country for reasons that range from fear of lawsuits to, reports of injuries — as is the case with the spinning disks in Brooklyn.
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