(Sharon’s Notes from the Playground)
I took my daughter to the park today – pretty typical excursion, baby swings, watching other babies, waving at shadows. All fun stuff for a 7 month old. After maybe fifteen minutes or so, we meandered around the big play structure and I was struck by something, or maybe more accurately, a lack of something: there was a big void where the monkey bars used to be.
At first I thought I had just missed them. Or maybe that they had moved somehow? But alas, the monkey bars were definitely gone. Almost stranger than their disappearance was the fact that I hadn’t even noticed until now. How weird is that? Another parent that was there said he noticed it about it a week ago. He’d heard third hand that someone had pointed out a crack in one of the beams, and POOF, the next day the whole thing was gone.
While I’m hoping for the safe and quick return of my son’s favorite arced climbing structure, it struck me that the designers of the playground really understood the concept of optimizing space. Maybe they took a cue from Sarah Susanka, the woman who featured those beautiful spaces in the book “Not so big house.” The various pieces of play equipment blend into each other so naturally and things seem pleasantly cozy without feeling all crammed together. Even now, with a void where the bars used to be, the space seems to have a sense of flow.
That said, if anyone knows the whereabouts of the missing monkey bars, give a shout out. We’d love to know when they’ll be coming back. We miss them.