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October 31, 2004 02:04 AM

Broken: (Rerun) Playground design

 Mark Foley writes from London:

These photographs were taken on a walk in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe in London.

This is one of those things were you figure at least, say, five people must have been involved in the decision, and no-one at any point seemed to think it was a bad idea.

Perhaps it's deliberate - so that parents can say, "If you don't place nice, now, you know what's going to happen..."

[From our October 2003 archives, one of our most popular posts ever.. I thought it would be fun to post it again on Halloween. -mh]


I dig it!

Posted by: Grimaldi D'Reaper at November 1, 2004 01:33 AM

Actually a good idea. When the kids kill themselves you can dispose of 'em quick before the lawyers find out and take you to court...

Posted by: Dewey Cheatum & Howe at November 1, 2004 01:47 AM

Yeah this is ingenious. I love this concept...don't slide down the slide too fast or u'll disturb the dead and smack ur face in a granite grave stone

Posted by: Leigh at November 1, 2004 08:28 PM

I wonder what everyone thinks when the kids use the headstones as other things to climb.

Posted by: Ben at November 3, 2004 03:12 AM

Really I don't see anything wrong with with putting a playground next to an old graveyard. Admittedly some of the new graves are a bit close and might get bumped into.

I recall Orwell has somewhere in his diaries of children playing in the crypt of St Martin's-in-the-Fields (in Trafalgar Square) during the blitz-- though he did not approve either, the squeamish old toff.

Posted by: Simon Trew at November 3, 2004 04:35 PM

You want to talk creepy? There's a cafeteria style restaurant/coffee house in London in the basement of an old church where your tables are on top of markers in teh floor for the buried dead.

Cappucino and a corpse?

Posted by: barrett at November 4, 2004 05:59 PM

"From the the grave."

Posted by: Madison at November 9, 2004 01:51 AM

I live near a really lovely cemetery, which was designed by Frederick Olmsted (of Central Park and Golden Gate Park fame) A couple doors down from its entrance is a nursery school. The kids get to go into the cemetery and walk around. Creepy? Yes, I thought so at first. But 1) it really is a lovely space and 2) maybe the creepiness is in our heads, not in the cemetery or tombstones. We're pretty bad at dealing with death as a culture, I think...

Posted by: katherine at November 11, 2004 08:51 PM

Dude, that's AWESOME! I'd love to have a playground in a cemetary.

Posted by: Faye at January 12, 2005 05:04 PM

A playground near a grave, now thats something. If you noticed the the pics I don't think kids play there, the playground looks fairly new still.


Posted by: Todd at January 14, 2005 03:26 AM

Gravestones on a playground are weird, admittedly, but even weirder to me is the fact that the slide is on asphalt...can anyone say roadburn? Ouch!

Yes I see the mat, doesn't look big enough to me! Those brits are different, and that's all I'm gonna say....

Posted by: Laura at June 10, 2005 11:47 AM

Perhaps it's deliberate - so that parents can say, "If you don't place nice, now, you know what's going to happen..."

Place nice? Am I that dis-sober or do you mean Play? :)

Posted by: Wolfrage at June 29, 2005 11:22 PM

While I understand Mr. Foley being confused and creeped out. I think the slide is there to keep children occupied while someone is visiting a lost loved one. Of course, the children may wind up one of the lost loved ones if not careful!

Posted by: Babybunnie333 at February 6, 2006 12:44 PM


Posted by: L'Arc~en~Ciel-er at April 29, 2006 02:28 PM

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