Wallingford Playfield equipment is scheduled to be replaced this Fall (and will be closed for a while while that happens) due to a termite infestation in the swings. While they’re replacing the swings, they’ll be replacing all the old equipment with metal equipment as well, presumably to avert future termite incursions.
It’s a $400,000 project, and the Parks Department is collecting feedback from park users on what they’d like to see replace the old equipment: something as close as possible to the existing, or take advantage of the change and go for something different?
In the hopes of putting my finger on the scales, I’ll make a plea for something open-ended. I see a few options on the survey along the lines of “Adventurous Theme: castle, dinosaur/fossil, ocean/ship, water”, “Learning/Play Panels” or even “Musical Play”.
I’m not a fan of this type of “here’s your game, ready made for you” playground installation. They’re great for a one shot afternoon of playing that particular fantasy or feature engagement, but if you head to the park every afternoon, you want something that invites different games each time, a neutral backdrop if you will. Kids will make rocks and sticks into dinosaurs, there’s no need to paint it in for them.
But everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and you’ve been invited to register yours at the Wallingford Playfield – Play Area Renovation Project Survey online.