Editors note 5/18/23

The Springfield Park District is refreshing its playgrounds with some cool new equipment. "Push me. Push me again. Again," was the plea at a zipline-like contraption that had its rider zooming maybe 30 feet from one platform to the other. Are you ready to stop now? "I don't ever want to stop." A little kid seated himself on a tilted ride that spins dizzyingly round and round. "Not too fast," he said as I began to twirl him, but soon it was, "Faster, faster!" One park in the process of getting new play equipment has a big dirt pile, just right for teaching a four-year-old mountain climbing. The pile will probably go away once construction is finished, but for now it's one more playground amenity for Springfield's grand kids. – Fletcher Farrar