Skip to comments.Angry parents remove dangerously overheated playground mats
Posted on 07/22/2008 11:55:31 AM PDT by Alouette
These city playgrounds aren't for child's play.
Black rubber mats designed to break a child's fall turn blistering hot in the summer, soaring to higher than 165 degrees, a Daily News investigation found.
Doctors at two city hospital burn units reported seeing 16 to 18 young children with playground burns a year, mostly from the mats under junglegyms and sliding boards.
"I have nightmares," said Anne Casson, whose toddler son, Will, ditched his shoes at Carl Schurz Park on the upper East Side one day last May.
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I was thinking the same thing....we dangled on monkey bars 10 feet above asphalt. lol
Concrete-You must have been a rich kid. We had dirt!
All we had were big piles of old, rusty razor blades.
And we were glad to have them!
Growing up, our playgrounds were covered with punji stakes and venomous snakes and we still had a good time.
Kids are so spoiled today.
We were really lucky we had a mud puddle much of the time.
Yes. I used to shinny up the pole at one end of the giant swing set, and then monkey-swing my way across the length of the top bar and down the other side.
Over hot, black asphalt.
Well, the trial lawyers are going to love this one! Damned if they do, and damned if they don’t. Probably the best solution is to close down all the playgrounds!
Yeah, and look how YOU turned out.
Don't wanna have any more right-wingers!
It's for the children, dontcha know.
That's nothing. Our rusty razor blades were mixed with unexploded ordnance.
Feet-You had feet!
You had a play ground? Why, when we were kids, we lived in a shoebox along the side of the road, and before school, we awoke every morning at 4 to sweep the streets. AND we were thankful!
BLACK rubber mats. Out in the sun; during the summer.
SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEER GENIUS !!!!!!
Jagged ROCKS for us....
Um, why don’t they put some nice, fluffy white SAND on these playgrounds?
I assume they are already fenced, which would keep the cats out of the sand....
Here’s and idea parents. Make sure your kids dont take their shoes off when it’s 95 degrees outside. In order to accomplish this you must put down the cell phone and pay attention.
12 great comments - another DUH moment in NY!
Good - The city was practicing CYA by installing mats
Bad - Black rubber mats will end up causing burns
My town park uses recycled rubber in a pretty shade of terra cotta that’s been shredded to look like mulch. Safe and no burns.
Someone is objecting to black rubber mats?
Jagged rocks? Such luxury! We had NOTHING, just empty space all the way down. We would have been grateful for rocks!
I still do have two
Hope you do too
They pretty much left us alone till little Timmy found the shot gun shell and started pounding on it with a rock. They also were fussy about bear sightings.
Ah! those monkey bars were get you ready for basic training!
I went to a new Elementary School that had just been built and for the first two years the playground was shell gravel.
Isn’t that racist?
We had nice soft blue-stone gravel at our local playground. They later replaced it with kitty-litter sand. Monkeybars were great for getting rid of those unwanted baby teeth.
Stray cats like sand too.
Sand gets tracked into the SUV carpet.
Most playgrounds are rarely fenced. Sand also gets in kids shoes and clothes.
Mulch like that used in landscaping often works pretty well for playgrounds. It clings to shoes and clothes less, but isn't mess free either.
Shredded car tires are also an option, but can get pretty hot in the hot sun.
Mats are likely easier to maintain, but black is pretty obviously not the ideal color for keeping them reasonably cool.
The Parks Commissioner said the mats would not be removed, and that their playgrounds “are the safest in the world”.
Sure, Mr. Commissioner, as long as no one falls while they are playing.
You had UNexploded ordnance? Ours were exploding all the time.
We had dirt and the park with the most stuff had one swingset, one slide and one set of monkey bars. It was a really tall slide and we went there without our parents and we took wax paper to make us go faster.
We never got toys like that.
Ondnance? Aye, you were lucky...
Our jungle gym consisted of a single greased pole suspended sideways over an open-top septic tank.
There was a great playground in Raleigh that uses ground up rubber from old tires as the “sand.” It’s a very interesting recycling use. Slightly bouncy but doesn’t get everywhere like sand or wood chips.
[These city playgrounds aren’t for child’s play.]
...and yet you take them there?
****Jagged ROCKS for us....***
That was it? We had broken beer bottles and cactus! Made us tough!
We learned why it’s important to hang on tight. -mks
Shotgun shells are GREAT fun for the kiddies.
All they need to do is just slide one into a short piece of the proper diameter galvanized pipe (taken from Dad’s garage), prop the pipe up on some boards so as to aim it at its intended target, then stand back and shoot at the primer with a BB/pellet gun.
It is both fun and educational “play” for any child. It helps them develop their burgeoning marksmanship skills and can even necessitate the learning of first-aid procedures in a “real world” environment.
Just don’t ask me how I know this.
Alligators. Don’t forget the alligators.
1. Played baseball un-supervised, no helmets.
2. Bicycles without helmets.
3. Roller skates without knee-elbow pads, helmets.
4. Swimming in pre-EPA rivers.
5. Ice skating/hockey on somewhat frozen ponds, no helmets.
I've got two feet
From my knees to the ground
And when I move them
I walk around
And when I lift them
I climb the stairs
And when I shave them
They ain't got hairs
Sorry, I couldn't resist
In New York City, the alligators are assumed...
There was nothing wrong with sand. But boo whooo, it got in little johnny's eyes and little Jimmy ate it, presumably after the neighbors cat buried it's poo in it.
I don't recall anyone dying from it from the 1900's- up till the time I was born,(50's) and in the 60's and 70's that followed.
After that, it was pea gravel, but skinned knee's became the next cause of little Johnny's tears.
Then of course, steal play structures caused little Johnny to bruise his head, so wood was used instead, then little johnny ate the wood, and began to pee the bed.
It never ends. Perhaps liberals should keep their kids indoors, and leave other kids to play.
[we lived in a shoebox]
You had a shoebox??? We lived under some tar paper and had to get up at 3am to beat the garbage truck pickup to find food.
We used to get the used asbestos they removed from buildings to play with in our sandbox. Sometimes, they threw in some fiberglass insulation material to make it more interesting.
It was really fun.
Sout [sic] side of Chicago. We were so poor we had to make our own from scratch.
We lived in a dumpster behind KFC. We never had to chase the garbage truck, but we had to get up early to climb out when the trucks came to clean and empty our home. We sure never wanted for food.
I remember discovering that shot shells placed in that little tie down loop on the forks of my balloon tired bike made a good shot shell holder for those BB gun practice shooting days.
Back in the day, cops never batted an eye to any kid carrying around a pellet gun, or even a shot gun if you were 14 years old.
At 16, we kept a shot gun in the locker at school to take duck hunting after school.
Now a 4 year old playing with a pink cap gun causes alarm and deployments of swat teams.