Officials in New York City have welded the spinning playground equipment in local parks, claiming that it was so dangerous for children that it posed a threat to public safety.
The city’s Parks and Recreation Department has either removed or welded the spinning discs at seven different parks in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.
A department spokeswoman said that this was done “in the interest of public safety,” but would not discuss how many injuries had actually occurred as a result of the equipment.
Parents are not too happy about the decision. Brooklyn parent David Friedlander said that his two-year-old was disappointed to discover that the spinning disk at Vanderbilt Playground had become a stationary disk. “I think it sucks,” he said. “I think it’s a sad commentary on how litigious and afraid we’ve become of having our children get a few boo-boos.”
A spokesman for City Councilman Carlos Menchaca said his office hadn't received any complaints about the rotating saucer at Slope Park, and a spokesman for City Councilman Brad Lander said no one complained about the metal disk at Vanderbilt Playground until after it was welded into a stationary position.
It is unclear whether the city has plans to weld more playground equipment in the future.