The Atlantic | New Playgrounds Are Safe – and That’s Why Nobody Uses Them.

Playgrounds don’t look like they used to. Steep metal slides and wooden towers have given way to slow, plastic slides and carefully penned-in climbing contraptions. And forget about seesaws — they’re a thing of the past.

When kids are bored by unimaginative (read: safe) playground equipment, they’re less active as a result, and with childhood obesity at epidemic proportions, that’s a danger, too.