Ada, Oklahoma: Playground Rocket

Children's playground structure from the space race era.

Address:
700-798 W Main St., Ada, OK
Directions:
W Main Street (Hwy OK-13). North side of street in Glenwood Park.
Admission:
Free.
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Playground Rocket

This is a rocket playground piece that I remember from when I was maybe 5-6-7 years old -- I got to play on it when we'd make a trip from our small town in SE Oklahoma to Oklahoma City. I always thought it was pretty cool and was in Ada, Oklahoma recently after maybe 40 years -- the rocket was still there! In looking at it, there appeared to be a spot on the 2nd from bottom platform that I guessed might have had a slide or something.

I found a very similar rocket on RoadsideAmerica.com that sits in Anchorage, Alaska and has a slide -- the rocket in Ada appears to have slightly longer legs that go all the way up to the 3rd platform. I love this rocket!

[Monty Graves, 09/15/2009]

Seems to date from the 1960s or even a little earlier, and probably more exist around the country. Here's a taller variation. With today's ubiquitous McD's Playlands, engineered for girth and safety, these relics probably just scare parents.


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