Vintage Playground Equipment

I recently (2014) updated this post with some new pictures of old vintage playground equipment.

…Live and learn
Tell the years they flew
And we never knew
We were foolish then
We would never tire
And that little fire
Is still alive in me
It will never go away…
–From Madonna and This Used To Be My Playground

Vintage Playground Equipment

Old Slide on a playground old monkey bars

Old Monkey Bars

Old vintage playground equipment has all but disappeared, but at least Generation X has pictures to prove the dangers we faced every day during recess! Ha!

Old Slide on a playground for sale

Vintage Metal Slide

Old Slide on a playground

Lexington, Oklahoma Playground | Fall 2011

Old Slide
Playground by the Bethany Public Library | Bethany, Oklahoma | 2012

Old Monkey Bars

Old Monkey Bars | Bethany Public Library | Bethany, Oklahoma | 2012

old merry-go-round
From Scottamos via Flickr

I was running in circles pushing one of these things one time when I tripped and got caught underneath it. My back was all scraped up. It scared me to death.

In college there was one of these things at the Bethany City Park. My friends and I would sit on it and close our eyes and push each other as fast as we could. Then we’d get off and walk around like the dizzy fools that we were. Yes, I said college…

Rings on a monkey bar
From Reva G via Flickr

Abandoned Playground with old climbing structure
From Carlfbagge via FlickrClimbing Half Dome for kids on a beach in Michigan

From Odalaigh via Flickr
I never made it all the way to the top of one these crazy things.

Hippo Playground equipment in sand
From Kamoda via Flickr
I came across a few of these hippos in the sand during my childhood.

old rocket slide

From Mutant Mandias via Flickr
Many memories of slide rockets from a park in California where I once
won a Halloween costume contest, and here in Oklahoma City at Stars and Stripes Park.

old playground equipment metal with holes that look like cheese

From lisa.williams via Flickr

These ridiculous things were quite popular. There were triangles of gigantic cheese that mimicked the style.

old slide

From Carlfbagge via Flickr

Burn-your-hiney old metal slide.

Witch's Hat Dangerous Playground Equipment from the 70s

Witch’s Hat From Carlfbagge via Flickr

This contraption is called a Witch’s Hat. It was evil.

Dangerous old playground equipment octopus with chains

From Aefitzhugh via Flickr

I saw similar things to this Octopus, but I’ve never seen one of these. Nice chains.

Octopus at Happy Hollow Zoo in San Jose, California

Another picture of the same dangerous Octopus! This is located at Happy Hollow Zoo in San Jose, California. I think it’s still there.

Turtle playground equipment in the sand

Vintage Turtle Playground | From Joe Shlabotnik via Flickr

Now these things were the biggest disappointment of all. They were cute, but after about five minutes the fun was over.

Old Dolphin playground equipment in the sand

Brown Spring Rider Pony Playground Equipment from the 70s

These things looked like great fun, too. We hopped on top only to quickly find out we’ll be going nowhere fast. I really liked the blue ducks and yellow chicken versions.

Here are some more original pictures I’ve taken of vintage playground equipment.

Brown Spring Rider Horse Playground Equipment from the 70s

Nicoma Park, Oklahoma | Fall 2011 | Spring Rider Horse Playground Equipment

Yellow Spring Rider Bumble Bee Playground Equipment from the 70s

Spring Rider Bumble Bee, Nicoma Park, Oklahoma

Bike Springer Vintage Playground Equipment

Bike Springer Vintage Playground Equipment

Tricycle, old playground equipment,

Tricycle, old playground equipment, 2014

Tricycle Vintage Playground Oklahoma City

Vintage Playground Equipment

Old Metal Slide

Old Metal Slide and Monkey Bars, NE OKC

Old Truck, Vintage Playground Equipment

Old Truck, Vintage Playground Equipment

Check out Playgrounds from the 70s via Divine Caroline. Also, a proposal for a book, Once Upon a Playground.

Did you have a favorite piece of playground equipment growing up?

Comments

  1. Frank says

    Have an old steel “American” manufacturing company slide from a school playground. It’s still in perfect working condition. Insurance company is making it get taken down. Do you know any sites that buy or sell vintage playground equipment?

  2. Sue says

    If anyone is interested I have several antique pieces of metal playground equipment I want to sell. I have two different jungle gyms. One dome style and one with a fireman’s pole. I have two monkey bars. One with straight bars across and one with swinging rings. Also I have a merry go round and a swing set. You can reach me at my email address.
    I love them but am in need of funds.
    Thanks
    schultz798atatt.net

  3. says

    I love the new playgrounds. When I was a kid they had two kinds of surfaces, gravel and asphalt at the schools I attended. I remember kids would go flying off the little merry go round and get all sorts of scrapes and abrasions.

  4. says

    The BEST piece of playground equipment in my hometown playground was an old WWII fighter jet that had been gutted and filled with cement. We kids could climb on the wings, sit in the cockpit, and pretend we were the red baron! The plane sat in our town’s playground for something like 30 years before someone realized that it was the only plane of its kind remaining in the world. So it was removed, refurbished, and is now on display in the National Naval Air Museum in Pensacola, FL. Thousands of children played on that plane and it is a great shared memory for all of us.
    I was joyous to see the next-to-last pic you posted of the dolphin statue. My hometown has had an almost identical dolphin at a beachside park for several decades. Multiple generations have played on “Spirit” the dolphin. This is the first time I’ve ever seen another one like it!
    Gosh, I miss playground time.

  5. says

    The first one of course Jen :) ahhh those were the days.

    Liability and litagation gone crazy have nearly taken all the good old stuff out of parks now days … shame …. hugs le xoxo