Even without the relentless Covid-19 omicron variant spreading across the country, public playgrounds are just plain gross. Listen to me carefully: an average playground contains 3,500,000 colony forming units (CFUs) per square inch. Compared, for example, to an average kitchen countertop, which has about 85 CFU per square inch, or a toilet seat, which hovers around 172 CFU per square inch, playgrounds often mimic boxes of Petri dish of diseases rather than oases of leisure.
For the defense of the public playground, they offer a multitude of advantages. Running outdoors, playing games, letting off steam and developing coordination are important for a child’s well-being. It’s a childhood right of passage to fall off monkey bars or get stuck at the top of the slide, after all.