Monkey rings and bars provide an important form of exercise for young children. They are an important addition to any outdoor playground.
There is an elaborate wooden playground set in a community park in Pleasant Grove, Utah. It has a wooden-framed monkey ring set.
We constructed something similar near Bluff, Utah, using circular fence posts. They are attached to horizontal 2″x 8″ boards using chain-link fence connectors. The horizontal 4″x 4″ is attached to the 2x8s using hangers. The rings are attached to the 4×4 using eye bolts and spring clips. The fence posts are concreted in the ground.
This same design can be used to construct monkey bars. An apparatus using this design was constructed near Bluff, Utah, at St. Christopher’s Mission.
An almost totally wooden version of monkey bars is located in a small wooded park in Maryland (near Washington DC). The base is designed so it doesn’t need to be concreted in the ground.
A simpler version can be welded together using either pipe or conduit. We saw an example of this at a school playground in Lira, Uganda. On this particular model, the vertical ladders have two too many rungs.
Another permutation for monkey rings is to extend a 4″x 4″ board between 2 climbing towers. This configuration was installed at a school near Lira, Uganda.
A totally metal version of a monkey ring structure was installed near Masaka, Uganda, at an orphanage/primary school. The vertical supports are 3″x 3″ square steel tubes. The principal horizontal member is a 1.5″x 3″ tube. Significant welding is required.
A commercial version of a monkey ring apparatus can be seen at Windsor Park in Orem, Utah. It is 8-1/2′ above ground and 8-1/2′ in length. It has 7 rings which are attached to a steel pipe with welded-on loops and S connectors.
One way to make additions to a monkey bar unit is exemplified in a large jungle gym unit in American Fork, Utah. This unit includes monkey bars, chinning bars, fire poles, and ladders. It can be assembled on site, thus making transportation easier.