Downtown Playground Now Safe for Kids

Probably

By Bruce Felps
|  Monday, Aug 16, 2010  |  Updated 3:30 PM CDT
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Downtown Playground Now Safe for Kids

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A lack of foresight allowed heat-conducting stainless steel playground equipment to be installed at the Main Street Garden park.

Evidently, whoever approved the equipment never experienced a North Texas summer, and even before the outside temperatures reached the century mark, the equipment heated up to the 130-degree range rendering it a hazard to kids.

Dallas, we have a problem. Had a problem, now ... maybe.

The city engaged a company called Line-X — which has its headquarters in Hunsville, Ala., and a location in Arlington — to fix the proble… sorry, issue. Line-X made its name spraying bed liners into pickup trucks, and officials think a similar coating can save layers of skin from being seared.

Sounds plausible enough, but these kinds of things have a way of coming with unexpected circumstances. Let’s hope the coating doesn’t turn out carcinogenic or something. Just the sight of it flaking off could cause a mass panic.

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He wonders if the person who signed off on that equipment won the Mr. Potato Head award.
 

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