Called a sliding pond in queens too.Also we had big kid swings, they had slippery stainless steel seats and no chains,just long bars with loops on them,hooked together,and these where really long swings ,very high. They were on cement,and remember kids slipping off them all the time. And kids walking past and getting clobbered when a swing came down on them. Monkey bars on cement too!Thank god city parks had first aid then.Cement pools with sprinklers in them,the pool never filled up,you ran into each other,everyone closed there eyes running into the strong water spraying.When the water wasnt on it was a dodgeball area,more first aid!!!!We all made it through these cement parks.
I once had the brillant idea of going down the sliding pond on my skateboard. It worked great until I got to the bottom at my skateboard hit the floor. Before I could blink, I wound up in the sandbox. As if you couldn’t guess, I NEVER tried that again.
Yes sliding pond was the term. I have asked several people, who are 40+, all call it that. Not sure about people under 30 though. Will keep inquiring.
I’m looking for information on what we used to call Mush Ball. As I remember it was a ball just a little bigger than a soft ball but it had external ribs instead of smooth sewn seams. It was played like softball but on shorter bases. Is there anything like it played today? Was it played nationally or just in the Pittsburgh area where I remember it? Any information you have would be appreciated!
Back in my neighborhood in South Brooklyn, no one had a pool — not even the kiddie pool. The park in our neighboorhood, Carroll park, was divided into 3 sections and covered an entire block. One end section was the kiddie section — with kiddie swings, slides, and seesaws. There was a large rectangular section in the middle that was two steps down and surrounded by a wrought iron fence. At each end was a sprinkler. Everyone who didn’t hit the beaches in the hot weather, hit Carroll Park to play under the sprinklers and splash around. The easiest way to cool off if the johnny pumps weren’t open!!