By Anna Skinner
Noblesville Parks and Recreation just received an “expression swing” on June 1 that they hope to install at Forest Park in the next month.
The expression swing is the same as a toddler swing, but has a connecting adult swing facing the toddler portion. This way, the youngsters and their parents can enjoy each other’s expressions and have a better time than the parent pushing the child from behind.
Brandon Bennett, director of Noblesville Parks and Recreation, said that the expression swing brings a whole new dimension to a normal toddler swing.
“It changes the way that parent and child play,” he said. “(The parent) can see all the expressions of their child and interact with each other. It captures parent and child together, and lets them interact.”
Summer is the busiest time for Noblesville Parks and Recreation, but the playground will be shut down for a few days to allow the appropriate construction.
Regular swings will still be available, yet the normal toddler swings will be transformed into the expression swing at Forest Park.
Bennett said that although he doesn’t believe the swing will bring more visitors to the park, it will definitely enhance the experience between parent and child.
GameTime, the manufacturer of the swing began taking orders for the swing earlier this year, and Bennett ordered it as presale in April.
Forest Park is located at 701 Cicero Rd. and offers a variation of activities, including playgrounds, mini-golf courses, a carousel and more on its 150 acres.
To learn more about the expression swing, visit GameTime’s website at www.gametime.com/product/Expression-Swing-5128.