I think I mentioned Jackson's love of the park. It's time we brought a little piece of it home. I need to get some lumber and build a frame, and I planned to buy a slide. After slide shopping a bit, I changed my mind. I can't bring myself to shell out $200-$500 for a piece of plastic. Instead I turned to my local freecyclers. I hope you all know about freecycle.com. It's an online user group, actually hundreds of local groups, hosted by yahoo. You can send out 2 types of ads "wanted" and "offer". I placed the following: Wanted, slide. Offered, slate tile remnants (left over from doing our floors, and cluttering the space under the deck where we did the cutting), dishes. And I responded to a request for scrap metal (goodbye environmental hazard of a wood stove). It's a great way to exchange stuff, keeping it out of landfills, and get stuff you need, and like the name suggests, its all completely free!! Overnight, I was offered a slide with 2 swings and a chin up bar, and a sidewinder slide with 2 swings and a climbing rope. More offers trickled in after that, but I didn't want to get greedy. Thursday, I brought home the first slide, when we got to the gifthouse, I told Jackson what we were doing there, and he started begging to get out of the car. I loaded in the slide and told him what it was. The whole way home, he pointed at it and said slide. When we got home, he followed closely as I got it out of the car and looked for a place to keep it while making plans for the structure. I propped it up on some bags of soil we have.
Here are a few other playground slides to demonstrate Jack's enthusiasm.