In April 2013, the Mayor and City Council, acting on a recommendation from the Parks and Recreation Committee, decided to get rid of the five wooden beach toys that had delighted kids for nearly 20 years. The playground-style toys had been donated by local business owners and placed on the beach each summer. They consisted of a pirate ship, a plane, a castle, a train and a big wheel truck.
The kids loved them but the beach toys had become safety hazards, due to splinters and unsupervised play. Several injuries had occurred while children were playing on them. In addition, late-night activities, such as underage drinking and the use of the beach toys for public restrooms, confirmed the council’s decision to make them part of Ocean City’s history.
The city is currently researching other options, but no decision is imminent.
Photo by Bunk Mann