View Poll Results: Are Outdoor Play Structures Desirable?
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Old 10-12-2012, 03:07 PM   #11
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I think they all look just fine as long as they are well maintained and the yard is also well maintained.

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Old 10-12-2012, 03:32 PM   #12
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I think they all look just fine as long as they are well maintained and the yard is also well maintained.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:05 PM   #13
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Re: S/O Outdoor Play Structures, Yes or No?

To me, the yard is for kids to play in! I don't think it's tacky unless the stuff is all broken or something.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:50 PM   #14
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Re: S/O Outdoor Play Structures, Yes or No?

I had at one time 12 plastic play structures( play house, big cube, tree house, slides...), a 4 foot ball, 10-12 ride on toys, swingset, and an array of bikes, scooters, and several powerwheels in the garage. I got t ired of looking at it all. I am down to 2 structures,trampoline, one bike and one scooter per kid, and a powerwheel. My house was always full of neighborhood kids playing the yard and I loved it.
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I dont think theyre tacky if they are good quality, but i definitely dont think theyre necessary. My kids have way more fun at a park with other kids than they do playing alone on swingsets. I dont think wed have anything unless we lived 30 minutes away from the park....right now we have half a dozen within a six block radius
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Op, we have an above ground pool, it does have a deck around it though, we also have a metal swingset bc we got it for free and the wood ones, I like better but are way out of our price range. I agree with pp, functionality is way above looks imo when it comes to what my kids are playing with

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Other, totally depends on the quality of the structure (though I do think above ground pools are super tacky!).

IMO, if you could get a pro to take a picture of it, and it would look desirable in a magazine ad, it's probably OK.
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LOL, it would have never even occurred to me to worry about whether they look tacky. I tend to be oblivious to fashion.

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There's a reason I never wear heels, and don't have perfectly manicured hair and nails - I much prefer functionality and practicality over appearances.

I want my kids to enjoy having a backayrd, and enjoy their young years. I couldn't care any less what my neighbor's think my yard looks like.
This. We have a playset, a sandbox, a trampoline, a picnic table, a swing hanging from a tree, and a big toy box filled with lawn darts, t ball stuff, hula hoops, etc.

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I love it!

Our playset is 2 years old and we do need to restain it before winter hits...gotta get on DH about that.
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I dont think theyre tacky if they are good quality, but i definitely dont think theyre necessary. My kids have way more fun at a park with other kids than they do playing alone on swingsets. I dont think wed have anything unless we lived 30 minutes away from the park....right now we have half a dozen within a six block radius
this is sorta why we don't have much in our backyard. We do have a little slide and a water table and a sandbox. But we have a park very close by.

On the other hand, we are considering getting her a big play structure next year, so we'll see.

We often go to one big park with kids, but the rest of the parks around here never have any kids at them.

and I LOVE having kids in my backyard. All enclosed with a fence...
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I wouldn't live somewhere where I would feel out of place with a Wal-Mart special swing set and a Fisher Price plastic primary colored jungle gym....and my super cool Intex above ground pool haha. Not that I have those things now (yard too small, we rent) but as soon as we move I'm gonna be all over it!

But I fully admit to being Iowa redneck low income white trash so it's okay LOL! Odds are we're going to put a single wide trailer out in the boonies on my ILs land so we'll really class up the joint ;-)
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