In developing countries, standard metal slides can be a serious problem. The sheet metal that the children slide on can:
- have rough joints,
- get hot during intemperate weather, and
- be subject to rusting in humid climes.
For these reasons, I’ve been looking for a safe playground slide that is relatively easy to fabricate. It turns out that there is one in common use in the United States.
At a recent visit to a playground near my home in Orem, Utah, I saw an ideal design.
This double-banister slide shows signs of heavy use. This particular slide is attached to an elevated platform. But there is no reason it has to be.
David Cardenas-Torres in Cusco, Peru, has come up with the design below.
This standalone double-rail banister slide will be an excellent addition to our developing country playgrounds in Peru and Uganda.
The first prototype was installed at a primary school in Urco, Peru.