Tradition Meets Technology… The Modern Slide

Perhaps the playground mainstay—the constant—is the slide. Now, over the years slides have grown in height and width, they have become more twisted, and they can be found in almost any color. One thing is always the same with slides though, they do their job day in and day out—they entertain children. The design is so basic. Gravity takes hold of someone at the top and the slide guides that person all the way to the bottom… safely. What a thrill!

Multiple short slides offer heightened access while still providing entertainment.

Multiple short slides offer heightened access while still providing entertainment.

Because slides have always been one of the most popular playground features, having a few of them on one playground is a good idea. Doing this will decongest the playground and allow more slide rides per child. Sometimes the slides at a playground are the same, and sometimes they are different from one another… it really doesn’t matter which way you go, just as long as there is a purpose behind the design. For instance, if there are identical slides next to each other, children can race. If the slides are different and spaced apart, kids can experience different rides.

This four deck high great slide is a playground centerpiece

Great Slide at Magic Mountain

A slide can also be the main attraction of a site. A playground’s centerpiece needs to be something eye-catching, exciting, and unique. Having a slide fit this build may be a challenge, but if executed correctly, it is well worth it. For a slide to play the leading role, it probably needs to be tall so that the ride is longer. The form can take on the shape of a resting snake… curling around and around. Or the slide can appear as a ski slope, providing a fast and furious experience.

Spiral slides can be small like the one connected to the right of this ship shaped playground, or much, much larger.

Spiral slides can be small like the one connected to the right of this ship shaped playground, or much, much larger.

Whichever shape a slide takes, or however many slides are at one location, the main idea to capture is tradition meeting modern technology. Slides will always be around at playgrounds. With such a simple design to start from, it is fun to see the bar raised to promote uniqueness, experience, and whatever theme. While gravity does all the work, children can have all the fun.

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