What good is playground equipment for children over 5 years old? The padded, plastic and rubberized stuff that Cincinnati Recreation Commission installs is only fun (read: challenging) for children ages 2-5. Then they post a sign that says "this playground intended for children ages 5-12".
What use does a 12 year old have for a three-foot long slide? They would rather be playing on the street like the photo above.
Photo from book "Games in the Street", by Rachel Gallagher, 1976 Brooklyn