By Debra Smith
The city’s parks department has removed two pieces of playground equipment from Kasch and Lions parks that were part of a national recall by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The equipment is known as a “slalom glider” and is produced by Landscape Structures Inc. of Delano, Minn. The recall was issued Feb. 16 and parks workers pulled the gliders out of both parks by Feb. 23, said John Petersen, assistant parks director.
The recall was voluntary on the part of the company, which keeps track of incidents involving its equipment.
The glider is a 6-foot high playground slide that is curved and made from molded plastic. It includes an arched, tubular steel access ladder.
The commission and the firm received 16 reports of injuries to children under 8 years old, including one bruised arm, 14 arm and leg fractures, one fractured collar bone and one bruised spleen. Petersen said he is not aware of anyone being hurt in Everett.
The company is picking up the tab for the city to replace the glider with a different piece of play equipment, Petersen said. He expects they should be replaced by the summer.