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Original Jungle Gym[edit]

By my reading of the sources, it seems ambiguous as to whether or not the still-standing prototype is the second prototype constructed (as this wiki entry says) or the original protoype, improved. Anyone have any thoughts about this or more info? Herr Lip (talk) 22:27, 9 May 2011 (UTC)


The Winnetka Historical Society article I just posted is an interesting source on the invention of the jungle gym. Further expansion could include the following research:

  1. find the complete paper from which that web page is drawn
  2. find (and photograph!) the first jungle gym, which the article says resides at Crow Island School in Winnetka, Illinois

-- Rbellin|Talk 06:32, 4 Mar 2005 (UTC)

5 years later... (I love the timeframes in this place!) There's a huge photograph at [1], and 2 tiny photographs at [2]. I haven't found any creativecommons images yet though... Maybe someone in Category:Wikipedians in Illinois can help? I'll ask at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Illinois. :) -- Quiddity (talk) 21:12, 4 April 2010 (UTC)

Monkey Bars[edit]

By my understanding, "monkey bars" refers to a very specific playground structure, whereas "jungle gym" is more generic. "Monkey bars" is essentially a ladder-like structure laid flat and elevated several feet off the ground (perhaps 6 or so) which children use by swinging from rung to rung with their hands, much like a monkey swinging from branches. A jungle gym, on the other hand, is pretty much any climbing structure. Is this distinction a regional thing? The part about the two terms being synonyms should be deleted if no one can support this, or clarified at very least.

We always used the terms interchangeably. It's possible that it's regional, but I never heard the term "monkey bars" applied to the overhead ladder, only to the jungle gym. Now, looking it up, Webster's says monkey bars is "3-D framework of horizontal and vertical bars from which children can hang and swing"; jungle gym is "a structure of vertical and horizontal bars for use by children at play". Now, those 2 sound the same to me, although the phrasing's not quite identical--which makes me wonder why it's NOT identical (except that someone has to proofread those 225000 definitions :-).) It does note that Junglegym was originally a 1923 trademark, so it seems likely to me that Junglegym was a trademarked name for a variety of monkey bars--although the latter dates from 1955, so who knows what the generic name was before that! Elf | Talk 17:38, 17 February 2006 (UTC)
Webster's is not an international authority, but Wikipedia is directed at an international audience. Growing up in Australia (in the 70s) these two things were completely distinct. Monkey bars only ever referred to the horizontal ladder-like structure. Jungle gym was the more elaborate 3-D framework like that shown in the top right picture. ☸ Moilleadóir 07:27, 14 April 2008 (UTC)
I have lived all my life in Derbyshire in the UK and as far as I am aware, Jungle Gyms are normally called "climbing frames" here. I have only ever heard it called "Jungle Gym" in US tv shows/films. "Monkey Bars" seems to normally refer to the overhead bars (i.e. horizontal ladder). Zeb 14:44, 25 August 2011 (UTC)
Agreed. "Monkey bars" refer specifically to the horizontal ladder necessitating locomotion like a monkey, whereas the "jungle gym" is as described by Moilleadoir. Boneyard90 (talk) 19:41, 24 January 2012 (UTC)

Article tone[edit]

The "Varities" section reads like a pamphlet for parents or educators - would like to see more clear, viewpoint-neutral descriptions of the different types of jungle gyms and where they are used (talk) 02:01, 9 April 2011 (UTC)

Unnessecary stuff[edit]

"Founded in 1994, the Dutch company named: ‘Jungle Gym B.V.’ captured its leading market position by offering a broad line of unique play sets, such as: Villa, Mansion, Castle, Palace etc. which all correspond to the safety guidelines: EN-71 & 8 for domestic and family use. In 1999 Jungle Gym consolidated its market position by introducing its patented connection brackets."

Can anyone tell me the relevance of this piece of work, besides advertising? I've taken it off. ~~slowesttooth~~ —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:43, 10 March 2008 (UTC)


Under 'safety' it says there should be at least 12 inches of woodchips: can this be clarified slightly - area (beyond the piece of equipment), depth or what? Jackiespeel (talk) 09:16, 29 March 2016 (UTC)