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Ron I know your point of view about the city but that part aside can I ask what your take is on the suit? You post the link and your feelings about the corrupt city big shots but what about the story?
I've visited that park many times, my son loves to play there. I also know the slide they are talking about and to be honest I'm not sure I'd want to see a 5 year old on that slide. Common Ground Park was built for children from ages 2-12 just as the story said so there are things in that park that are not meant for a 3 year old to play on.
I can understand someone supervising their 3 year old and helping them on a portion of that slide maybe, but that piece of equipment isn't meant for toddlers or preschoolers. Maybe a little better marking could be useful to help some parents determine what is age and skill level appropriate for their children, but a little responsibility on the part of the parent seems reasonable to me.
I just looked up the slide in question. Even an older kid who is in the recommended age range would have trouble with this slide. How are you supposed to know to straddle it?
There is a video on the website for the company that makes the slide. You can see one older kid (at least 9) start to go down, and start to lose balance...the video cuts out and then they show another kid go down safely.
I remember seeing this slide at Common Ground and thinking, huh? That doesn't look safe. But you assume, if it is on a playground...and a playground that is supposed to be geared toward kids with special needs, that it must be safer than it looks.
To be honest, I see a lot of equipment that makes me nervous on these new playgrounds. The merry-go-round looking thing that is on a slant seems so unsafe. Kids fall off it all the time. There is a space about the size of a human head between the merry-go-round and the ground on one side. If a kid swings around there with his head hanging down, or just falls with his head first, it could get caught under there, and the ride will keep going and run right over the child or twist and pull the child into an injury. The balance beam and the other slide with the rollers on it seem like a finger or hand pinch hazzard. Same thing with those sagging wooden bridges. Maybe I'm just more aware of these things because I have a child that has some motor issues.
a 3 year old child has no business on this slide, even if no warning was posted, let's use common sense! I would not all ow my daughter on that slide, maybe not even when she is 5. Is it my bad memory or aren't there signs posted around the park indicating what age group the equipment is appropriate for? I may be thinking of another park or something, but I culd have sworn there is.
The park is beautiful & a fun place for the kids to play, you just have to use your common sense. I would not sue the city if my child fell off of equipment if I allowed her to use it when clearly she was not old enough. Children that young do not have good balance.
aj , if it were your child with a broken bone sticking out , i do believe you would feel otherwise.
there really is no good justification for a slide without sides , particularly that one , in that type of park , imo.
AJ 3 said:
Isn't it great to live in a lawsuit happy society!? Seriously though - I have 3 kids and don't take them to this park unless I have someone there to assist me with watching them. It's a large park area with so many different things to play on. It is my responsibility as a parent to watch my child and keep them safe. Even if there is equipment there that has a sign saying the appropriate age and I don't think my child can handle it, I am responsible for telling them no and redirecting them to another piece of equipment. Then again - accidents happen all the time! My less than 2 yr old just got stitches. I guess I should look into suing the manufacturer of the toddler chair he fell off of. Seriously - I don't think this has anything to do with "Bad Government" and "Shady Politics". Sorry you are so disgusted with them. Kids will be kids and accidents do happen.
the slide , being unusually unsafe (no sides , and precarious) for small children , should not have been in this park :http://www.theledger.com/article/20090107/NEWS/901080289
"Parents of children with disabilities will find a safe playing environment at the butterfly-shaped park, which was designed to accommodate children of all abilities."
a judge , hopefully untainted by polk politics , and jury will decide the amount of mitigating complicity of the parents AND of the the city after reviewing all circumstances.
while any parent bears a responsibility for their small children , so does the city bear a responsibility for that park , it's safety , that slide. btw- the city sues companies for their portion of liability , even when it , also is mitigated by the city's responsibility. fair is fair. the city and county are definitely not !