Playgrounds are a great place for kids to get some exercise and socialize with their friends. I used to love to go to the playground in the small town where I grew up. It was a large property with a lot of playground equipment, baseball fields, a running track, hiking trails, and shelter houses. I also enjoyed playing with my friends at recess in the school playground. Those memories were among the best that I had as a small child.
Playgrounds today can be even more fun than they were when I was a child. Many more equipment options exist today than several decades ago. However, because playgrounds are a known place for children to congregate they can be an area that draws those who want to prey on children. Parents cannot assume that playgrounds are a safe place for children like they were when I was a child. That is why children should supervised at all times when they are playing in a park. This is also true when they are playing on our preschool or main playgrounds. We prefer that those adults have been through our child protection program and are aware of the warning signals of a child predator. Being publicly accessible, we do not want to create an unsafe situation or an opportunity for someone to rob a child’s future memories of an innocent, fun time with their friends.