Archive for Wednesday, May 18, 2011

40 years ago: Rocket slide to be installed at Broken Arrow Park

May 18, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 18, 1971:

  • Lawrence Parks and Recreation workers were already hard at work on the summer's park capital improvements program. The biggest project was the construction of four tennis courts -- two at Central Junior High School and two at Broken Arrow School. Another project involved the equipping of Broken Arrow Park with "imaginative play equipment including a rocket slide." Parks and Recreation director Wayne Bly also expressed his hope that work could soon begin on the Holcom Sports Complex near 23rd and Iowa.
  • Well before the initiation of the first nationwide program of "Take Our Daughters (or Children) to Work Day," Lawrence schools were instituting a curriculum called "World of Work." Students in Centennial School's sixth grade attended a day at work with one of their parents, visiting such worksites as a photography studio, a dry cleaning establishment, the fire department, the hospital, and a university department. The article explained that most students spent a half-day with each parent, the half with their mother being "either at a conventional job or helping her with the 'domestic engineer' role."


Sarah St. John 7 years ago

Do you remember the rocket slide? And the kid-propelled "merry-go-rounds" that used to be in playgrounds? (How dizzy we used to get on those -- almost to the point of nausea!) And the little horses or whatever they were on a huge spring stuck in the ground?

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