Merrill Park in Grinnell, Iowa
It's hard to find the kind of playground equipment that filled parks in the 1950's. Some of it is considered too dangerous now. But this mid-century-merry-go-round, is still open for play! Don and I made a stop here, while on a road trip. I moved to Grinnell as a baby in 1957, I have fond memories of this park.
Below is a photo of me playing on a bigger merry-go-round in Grinnell, when I was 9. I was glad to have a few siblings, because a merry-go-round is not so fun, by yourself.
On the day that Don and I stopped at the Merrill Park, I must admit I felt a little sad. Some of my favorite pieces of playground equipment were long gone. No elephant slide. No horsey gliders. And no kids from my childhood. The park seemed oddly quiet and somewhat distorted, like a dream.
I didn't ride the merry-go-round, because a mom was watching her children play on it. It would have been hard to explain why I felt the urge to ride.
So I settled for celebrating the park and the merry-go-round, by snapping a few photos and remembering!
57 Celebrations of the Fifties!
April 9, 2014
I don't remember the 1950's, since they ended when I was 2. But since I turned 57 today and this is my BYB (Birth Year Birthday) I'm going to just appreciate the flavor of 1957! My goal is to celebrate in at least 57 simple ways throughout the year! I will dabble in the fashion, the foods, the music and the culture of those times...just for the fun of it!