At an organization where people take their children, I recently noticed that the swing-set was in poor condition, and being used hard by the children there. The entire apparatus would shake and sway and also was leaning in a direction as though it would fall over. I alerted the authorities of said organization, and they have removed the swings and locked the necessary doors to prevent access to it.

The organization wishes to repair or rebuild the swing set, but on the whole and given the rambunctiousness of the children I for one am uncertain how to proceed, though they await my suggestion and or action to correct the problem.

Metal and concrete sound the best, but there is still the issue of anchoring the swing set in place, and as I recall this is not a small matter as I had a swing set when I was a kid and due to lack of sufficient anchoring, my father took it down, never having found a solution to the anchoring issue.

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    Depending on the jurisdiction, there may be official rules regarding anchoring and also regarding the surface below the swing set. When I was a kid, concrete playgrounds were OK, but not any more - typically wood chips, rubber mats, etc. Often these things are grandfathered in, but once they close it up and then want to open up again, the current rules kick in. Apr 30, 2019 at 2:14
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    It's been many years, but I'm pretty sure the swings at my elementary school were heavy steel galvanized pipe that was set deep in the ground - not the least bit portable nor particularly similar to a "home" set. Several "A-Frames" where the legs went unbroken/no joint into the ground, and a hefty pipe across those A-frames which the swings hung from. Probably was concrete down there below frost line, but we never saw it.
    – Ecnerwal
    Apr 30, 2019 at 2:17
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    Agree with the comments. There's no corners to be cut here (public place), and you've just added some because it should be a total "rebuild" of a 'real' swing set. Which probably means these days, also not high enough to be any fun.
    – Mazura
    Apr 30, 2019 at 3:59
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    There are companies that supply public playground structures that are designed to stand up to years of children's abuse Apr 30, 2019 at 8:48
  • @ratchetfreak what are they called?
    – leeand00
    Apr 30, 2019 at 11:07

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A possible solution would be to drive stakes into the ground at the legs, once the stakes are secure enough, screw the leg of the swing set securely to the stake.

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