Tuesday, 26 September 2017

A Whale of a Time

Jenn at West of the 5th posted this yesterday:
Marshall and Forest Bank

Included in that post were a few shots of
days-gone-by playground equipment.
Seeing this reminded me of a one-of-a-kind
piece of playground equipment here in
Medicine Hat, Alberta that has been a part
of many children's lives.

It sits in the playground of the over one
hundred year old Central Park.  This Slide
Whale, installed circa 1957-1958, is made
of formed concrete and has had several
different colour schemes, the original and
my personal favourite being black and
white like an orca.  I was informed today
that it should get a new coat of paint
next year.  That's a good thing.

The park itself is a full city block in size
and always looks inviting with its mature
trees and large expanse of lawn.  An older
Ohio Buckeye Tree, fifty years plus and
just changing to its fall colours, is also a
resident of the park.  In the winter it's a
great place to make snow angels.

Thanks for the reminder, Jenn.

Photographed on September 26, 2017.

Medicine Hat, Alberta, park, whale slide, historic

Medicine Hat, Alberta, park, whale slide, historic

Medicine Hat, Alberta, park, whale slide, historic

Medicine Hat, Alberta, park, whale slide, historic

2 comments:

  1. Imagine how many kids have played on that whale! Love it, thanks Michael!
    The park by my grandmas in Calgary had a big metal rocket ship and one of those merry go rounds with the rut all the way around from all the foot power. That was the best park. Both gone now.

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    1. Glad you liked it, Jenn. Thousands upon thousands of kids must have played on this slide over the years. I'd like to see it restored to its original black and white. The rocket ship sounds like a blast and those old merry-go-rounds were a fun!

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