Further to Dalston Town Manager Cory Defoe's promise to consult with residents regarding the replacement equipment to fill the holes left by the removal of the 3 incredibly annoying musical pieces, I have today received a CD of images of 7 potential replacements. What we need now is the opinions of as many residents and neighbours as possible (hopefully with plenty of parents offering their opinions) as to which three of these should be installed.
Just one thing springs to my mind: What we need is equipment that will appeal to young children, but not to inebriated clubbers (that may decide it is fun to detour through the Square during the wee hours of the weekend and kick up a racket). What we end up with this time around is what we will have for the foreseeable future: There will be no more replacements after these.
So here are the choices:
The Balance Blocks
The Rocking Plank
The Rotating Plate (2 images)
And finally, The Wobble Dish (2 images)
So want do you all think? Please list your 3 choices asap as Cory wants to get the installation ball rolling. If you do not take the time to give your opinions, Cory will have no choice but to make the selections himself.
I will start the process by selecting the Rocking Plank, the Rotating Plate, and the Wobble Dish. I have to admit that I wanted to include the See-Saw but see that as a problem with regard late-night revellers. What a shame kids get second-best because there are so many ignoramuses about: Oh well.
Any of the choices could attract late night revellers and it is first and foremost a playground for children, so as a mum to a toddler I'm choosing what I think would be most fun for kids.
You know what jenny, you are right. There really is no stopping the late-nighters so at least let's give the kids the best fun. I am changing my vote by dropping the Rotating Plate and putting in the See-Saw.
Ideally I would love some equipment that would be restricted to fit a small person than an adult (i.e. a tunnel) but I don't see this as an option. In this case - balance blocks, see saw, rotating plate.Thanks!
I suggest whatever is least 'drunkard engaging' and also vandal proof must be the best for those living/sleeping immediately above the playground. So I vote for the rather less interesting but 'safer bet' of 1) the rocking plant and 2) the balance blocks. I also agree that although not advertised a 'tunnel' would be a good idea- provided it is cleaned inside regularly ( which is of course, questionable)
Balancing blocks, wobble dish & rocking plank because those look most fun to kids. And as far as I'm concerned they should take precedence over drunk idiots. I also agree that a few swings would be nice.
Thanks to absolutely everyone who helped in getting those musical torture instruments eliminated. My kids are very sad about it, but having a sane mom is also rather important! And I have heard they can be found at London fields? My choices are three that will keep kids the most active:balance blocks, plank and see saw (as long as it is oiled regularly). Swings would be a nightmare in such a small playground due to safety issues, swings need a separate area so swingers don't hit kids running around. I have two kids and anything that rotates makes my kids throw up. Thanks Carmen