Friday, September 18, 2009

Play day

It really was. We went out to research playgrounds built specifically for seniors.


And we played on the equipment, too. This equipment was designed by a local university team and is in the middle of a huge grassy area and has only a kid's playground for immediate company. There are seniors' apartments within walking distance as well as a recreation center.
Here are a couple of stations: stairs and ramps - good for balance...


Push-up bars of various heights...


We then picked up a friend and drove south to Tsawassen in search of the very first of these seniors parks. The local Lions club worked with the university to create this park...


As you can see it's in a much more urban setting with many seniors living in the nearby apartments. It's also on the same grounds as lawn bowling and the community recreation center. We were a little disappointed not to see any seniors enjoying either facility while we were there. The creation of a similar park is something that our local seniors association is exploring as a campaign goal. So, it would have been nice to have been able to talk to folks who used it.

When I got home, I played with the shawl, too. I have now completed one side of the flounced edge. Although it looks more like a ruffle right now.


I kind of like it's frothy look but I know that will disappear when it's blocked. Only a few more days of bind-off and I'll be ready to start my knit along cardigan. Whew! Good thing there are play days.

5 comments:

Andrea said...

Our Lions club also built one next to the community pool - I drive by it every day and have yet to see anyone using it...

Penny said...

I like the idea of a seniors' playground, but I must admit I wonder how many seniors would use it. Adults are overly self-conscious and so worried about making fools of themselves. It's too bad.

Joanna said...

That's a beautiful ruffle Stephanie. I love it in that pink.

Maria said...

We have one too at the local rec centre. I saw some seniors use it on the opening day. But beyond that we haven't been around too often on the new kids playground either. Charlie really wanted to go use the bright red equipment! The last time he tried a senior shooed him away :( If you want to come visit another one I suspect the fitness instructors at the rec centre know if anyone is using it. I could ask for you too.

Mimi said...

We don't have these in Ireland, I think they're a brilliant idea- I mean, why should playing be restricted to young people?
Stephanie, the shawl is beautiful, will you post a bigger picture of it when it's finished please, pretty please?

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