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Published April 17th 2012
Many years ago some wonderful swings were installed in some parks in the areas of Darebin and Moreland. They have a big colourful triangular face, a peaked hat, flushed cheeks, big smile with a toothy grin and a bit of facial growth on their chin (well before it became fashionable).
Sticking out the side of the face, like metal pipe ears, are supports for a swing on each side. Hanging down are cables supporting a seat for a swing. These swings don't just go back and forth but also revolve around the central column to add an extra fun element. Our kids love swinging and revolving on these swings either in a seated position or stomach down like a porpoise moving through the waves.
Many of these swings are in a bad state of repair and it seems like it's only a matter of time before they are consigned to history.
This Clown Just Manges a Smile Despite his Poor Condition
We have managed to find a few Clown swings which are remaining. If you want to try these swings then search out:
Bundoora Park, Bundoora (there are two of these swings in the park and they are in good condition) Shore Reserve, Reynard St, Pascoe Vale South Parker Reserve, Suvla Grove, Coburg North A J Davis Park, Wood Street, Preston
Austin Crescent Reserve, Northumberland Road, Pascoe Vale C.H. Sullivan Memorial Park, Blake St, Reservoir (this playground also has a huge spinning frame with four rungs to hang from. They don't make play equipment like this anymore unfortunately!)
I'm pleased to say, Moreland Council has just replaced the swings attached to the clown!! The clown itself is in desperate need of a facelift though. I'm tempted to contact the council to request permission to paint it. Do you know what colours / design they were originally? They're all so different now.
I think the same culling has been seen amongst the Park Rocket Ship species too. Do you remember the tall caged rockets with 3 levels which you'd climb up from a ladder attached to the central internal pole, and reach a steering reel on the top floor? You could sit up there with your pals for hours and watch the world below.