A View From the 80s

This photo, taken one evening in the early 1980s from a window at 10 Sharon Ct. #301, gives a bird’s eye view of a favorite playground—the large blacktopped park between 6 and 8 Morris Dr.

One of three playgrounds in Steward Manor, this one was arguably the best. It boasted the tallest sliding board, the biggest swing set, a dual see-saw, and most notably, “The Car”—the tubular steel, automobile-shaped jungle gym.

In the background, parts of Milestone Manor can be seen across Laurel-Bowie Rd., as well as the Laurel Volunteer Rescue Squad. Further off in the distance is the unmistakable form of the old drive-in movie screen (I saw E.T. on that screen in 1982).

Today, this playground is no more. Even the blacktop is gone. In its place sits a single picnic bench… and a lot of memories. Fortunately for today’s kids, the two surviving playgrounds have been completely upgraded with the latest equipment and safety surfaces, and are top notch as playgrounds go. But anyone who grew up in the era of “The Car” wouldn’t trade it for anything.


About Richard Friend

I'm a graphic designer and creator of "Lost Laurel"—a collection of photos and print ephemera chronicling the countless stores, restaurants, and other long-lost merchants of Laurel, Maryland. I'm interesting in hearing from any former/current residents, especially those with vintage photos, literature, and recollections of the community. richardfrienddesign.com lostlaurel.com facebook.com/lostlaurel
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