They're colorful, they're enticing and they're extremely convenient for parents who don't want to tote their children's own bulky playthings to Lincoln Park for an hour or two of recreation. But we agree with the city's decision that the dozens of previously owned toys that have been left behind by others for communal use must go.
Lincoln Park has attractive permanent playground equipment that provides ample opportunity for children to exercise and have fun. Having installed it, the city has a duty to keep the equipment and the rest of the play area well maintained for the safety of all who use it.
While we are sympathetic with adults who enjoy the fact their children and grandchildren can take advantage of the toys that have been discarded in the park by others over the years, we think it is unreasonable to expect the city staff to inspect dozens of used toys on a regular enough basis to guarantee their safety.