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Dec. 28, 2007 at 1:42pm

Dreaming of a Nerdy Local Playground

"Engage!"

When MetroParks considers new equipment for local parks and playgrounds, the nerd/geed/Trekker/Trekkie demographic is drastically under represented. Well for local parents of nerds I give you this:

Just look at those criss-crossing slides holding up the ships engines! Kids could coordinate and slide down together in order to slap high-fives in the shape of the "Live long and prosper" sign Spock was known to flash. Seriously, MetroParks should get with the Kompan folks for Garfield Park and make this happen. If not there, I know a great little corner lot in the North Slope that sits empty just asking for a little nerdy fun.

I totally remember some great parks in Vancouver, WA with some awesome equipment. There was one down near the Columbia River that had a huge tortoise that you could crawl into. One too many twinkies though and portly kids of the 21st Century would surely get themselves stuck. Heck, even our elementary school had a huge, raised wooden fort complete with an open center and pole to slide down. If children today can't break some limbs at least let them nerd out a little with other like-minded kids.

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comments [6]  |  posted under metroparks, nerd, parks, playground, tacoma

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by jenyum on 12/28/2007 @ 2:20pm
South Park has a Kompan play structure that looks sort of like a space ship, it gets used that way often when my kids play there.

Fort Steilacoom is pretty rad, design wise. Have you checked out their playground? There's also the one at Chambers Creek Primary in UP, that's a castle.

by droid116 on 12/28/2007 @ 2:22pm
Set phasers to fun! Weight limit on the slides not to exceed Warp 10, "Captain, the engines can't take any more!!". Beam me down the firepole, Scotty!! There appears to be intelligent life forms on the swing set Captain. Set a course for the soccer fields Mr. Sulu.

OK, I'm done.

by izenmania on 12/28/2007 @ 2:57pm
Chambers is the king of all elementary school playgrounds. It was built my first year there, and believe me, as cool as it looks now, it is so much cooler to a kindergartener who can fit in all the nooks and crannies.

by Ron on 12/28/2007 @ 3:48pm
Is the spinning space ship that looks like a boob still at Oakbrook Elementary in Lakewood?

by KevinFreitas on 12/28/2007 @ 4:40pm
With all this great info I feel a photo/Google Maps project coming on...

by jenyum on 12/28/2007 @ 9:56pm
Well there's always the Tacomamama playground set on flickr.

Here's the one at South Park:



And here's my playground map.

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