This thread has brought back some memories. I remember the huge slide in Victoria Gardens and the trips to Barts to get patched up for those unlucky enough to fall off it. No soft landings in those days. I also remember the covered shelters both at Victoria Gardens and Jackson's Field. The covered shelter in the north west corner of Jackson Field; opposite The Cut on City Way, was our `hang out` during the late fifties and early sixties. As kids we tended to ignore the council supplied playground attractions nearby and all played in and around the poorly fenced off water tank. As teens, the shelters were the place for a good old chinwag when it was raining, or the place for a bit of courting before your bum went to sleep on the hard wooden slats.
I see on GE that the shelter survived into the nineties, but has now gone.