Today, it seems like all the playground equipment has been bubble-wrapped. It's safe and colorful and you'd have to really try to hurt yourself on it.
That's why this site, honoring the wacked out, occasionally dangerous playgrounds of the 1970s, is such a treasure. That picture I grabbed for this post has the equipment that was in the park across from my house. Not the geodesic dome, but the bouncy animal thing. I remember there were certain animals I liked (the horse) and others I didn't (the snail, the duck, maybe a rooster?) and it was OMG THE WORST THING EVER if the horse was already taken and you wanted to climb on. I suspect I spent most of my childhood gritting my teeth and trying to deal with the damn snail. (Apparently this kind of toy is called a "buck-a-bout" -- who knew?)
We also had the swinging horse thing shown in the middle of this page at our park. Way better than regular swings!
I also loved the comments in this Ask Metafilter thread about the site. Spend some time with it if you can -- the readers provide way more links to great playground photos, and all are awesome. Plus how else would I have learned about Playscapes, a playground-design blog? Genius!
Won't you reminisce with us about your fave playground equipment in the comments?