Playgrounds seem to be a lot safer today than they used to be. You remember sliding down rusty slides into piles of fiberglass and asbestos. Now they're all plastic, and there's no rusty metal or splintering wood.
Here's an interesting theory from an early childhood specialist in Melbourne from News.com.au, Australia named Prue Walsh. She thinks that by making playground equipment SO safe . . . it's actually MORE dangerous for kids in the long run.