Fed-up dad had to clear piles of sand from play tube

The toddlers’ crawl tube full of sand

The play house was covered in sand

First published in News

FED-UP dad Kenton Barker has appealed to youngsters to think of others when they use play equipment.

Kenton spent half an hour clearing sand from new equipment at Wincham before his daughter could use it.

The equipment is at the newly-expanded Linnards Lane playing field, which Kenton visited with his wife Kath and 14-month-old daughter Elizabeth.

“We did not expect to have to spend more than half an hour clearing sand from the new toddlers’ slide and tube before our daughter could get through the tube,” said Kenton, vice-chairman of Wincham Parish Council.

“Not only did we have to transport loads of sand back to the sandpit from there, but we also had to spend time clearing the new toddlers’ play house, which was also full of sand.

“What we expected to be a nice family visit turned out to be a time of clearing up after other people. This was selfish and spoilt the fun of the toddlers, for who these brilliant new smaller items of equipment are designed.”

Kenton sent us pictures of the sand-covered tube and play house, and urged parents of older children and older children themselves to consider other people who use the play area and to treat it with respect.

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7:17pm Fri 1 Aug 14

King1222 says...

It's a disgrace.

My family had a similarly disgusting experience earlier this year at another play area, where a micro-thug of around 2-3 years old left the roundabout spinning out of control. I stepped onto it expecting all to be well, and was violently thrown across the playground. Did the thug show any remorse? Not one bit - he just started singing "Bob the Builder" in a mocking tone as he waddled away.

It wasn't the first time I'd been shocked at this kind of behavior, only 2 weeks earlier I saw a yob of 5 or 6 leave the see-saw tilted to one side, again running off like it was a victimless crime.

Can these people be stopped? I blame the parents. I can only sympathize with Kenton and family, whose day was ruined by sand by in an slightly unexpected location.

Luckily he could document the destruction with his camera, and may be able to find appropriate psychological support. As for me, I don't have the luxury of such photographs, and just have to try to make it through each night without waking up sobbing at the evil I encountered.

We should take solace in the fact that most people are law-abiding citizens, and the thought of moving sand across a play area would make them sick to their stomachs.
It's a disgrace. My family had a similarly disgusting experience earlier this year at another play area, where a micro-thug of around 2-3 years old left the roundabout spinning out of control. I stepped onto it expecting all to be well, and was violently thrown across the playground. Did the thug show any remorse? Not one bit - he just started singing "Bob the Builder" in a mocking tone as he waddled away. It wasn't the first time I'd been shocked at this kind of behavior, only 2 weeks earlier I saw a yob of 5 or 6 leave the see-saw tilted to one side, again running off like it was a victimless crime. Can these people be stopped? I blame the parents. I can only sympathize with Kenton and family, whose day was ruined by sand by in an slightly unexpected location. Luckily he could document the destruction with his camera, and may be able to find appropriate psychological support. As for me, I don't have the luxury of such photographs, and just have to try to make it through each night without waking up sobbing at the evil I encountered. We should take solace in the fact that most people are law-abiding citizens, and the thought of moving sand across a play area would make them sick to their stomachs. King1222
  • Score: 8

6:35pm Sat 2 Aug 14

hectorplain says...

Health and Safety Note.

I am always very wary when handling loose particulate material in open spaces out of doors.

There is no knowing what unpleasantness may lurk unseen in that sand.

Used chewing gum, dog droppings, drug addicts' hypodermic needles and discarded condiments the list is endless.
Health and Safety Note. I am always very wary when handling loose particulate material in open spaces out of doors. There is no knowing what unpleasantness may lurk unseen in that sand. Used chewing gum, dog droppings, drug addicts' hypodermic needles and discarded condiments the list is endless. hectorplain
  • Score: 5

12:49pm Tue 5 Aug 14

MrT1976 says...

"and was violently thrown across the playground." Hmmmm really?

"and just have to try to make it through each night without waking up sobbing at the evil I encountered. "

and again Hmmm really?
"and was violently thrown across the playground." Hmmmm really? "and just have to try to make it through each night without waking up sobbing at the evil I encountered. " and again Hmmm really? MrT1976
  • Score: 3

1:01pm Tue 5 Aug 14

fishsta says...

MrT1976 wrote:
"and was violently thrown across the playground." Hmmmm really?

"and just have to try to make it through each night without waking up sobbing at the evil I encountered. "

and again Hmmm really?
I suspect the tongue was planted firmly in the cheek when that comment was composed.
[quote][p][bold]MrT1976[/bold] wrote: "and was violently thrown across the playground." Hmmmm really? "and just have to try to make it through each night without waking up sobbing at the evil I encountered. " and again Hmmm really?[/p][/quote]I suspect the tongue was planted firmly in the cheek when that comment was composed. fishsta
  • Score: 2

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