The CBC has a news story today headlined “Serious playground injuries down in Ontaro“.  The article goes on to quote a study by the Canadian Institute for Health Information that says that the reasons for the reduction in serious injuries are height restrictions on equipment and softer surfaces under the equipment.  Nonsense.  Height restrictions are posted on playground equipment, but nobody pays the slightest bit of attention to them.  The reason for the reduction in playground injuries is simple.  Cities and towns have become so paranoid about safety and lawsuits that they have replaced the interesting playground equipment with boring safe equipment, and Nobody Under The Age Of Eight Uses Them Anymore.  I took my four boys to a local playground;  they spend ten minutes on the equipment, and an hour rolling down the large adjacent hill.  As a society, we have become so paranoid about protecting our children from every little scrape, that we have removed all challenge from their lives.

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