Out with the old and in with the new. Richardson's Heights Park will be getting new playground equipment. On average, playground equipment should be replaced every 20 years, and the Heights Park equipment is 40 years old. The replacement had been postponed many times because the neighbors like the equipment and thought the pieces looked different and unique to today's parks.
However, after reviewing all the equipment, they have come to the conclusion that the equipment is a safety hazard as there are areas where you could get your head stuck, or arms and legs could get entangled.
The main concern of the residents is to be able to reuse the current equipment somewhere so people could still view it, and that is going to come true. Much of the equipment will be used as art within the new park and some will be placed in other places around the city.
I think this is a great idea. I remember playing at the park when I was little. The rocket was so cool, being able to climb so high. I always enjoyed the "old-time" equipment. Times have changed and safety concerns have changed. All I can say is that I played on that equipment, many others played on the same type of equipment, and we're all still alive. But just like kids and their car seats, standards change, so The City of Richardson is changing as well.
The new park should be done shortly, as they started removing all the old equipment yesterday.
** pictures courtesy of The Dallas Morning News and The City of Richardson websites.