“The Mountain”, a metal-clad climbing dome at the new Union Square playground in Manhattan, has the same problem as the smaller domes at the playground on Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park.
New York Post: When children were scorched on the new metal playground structures in Brooklyn Bridge Park last month, large festival tents were put up to keep the shiny domes in the shade — but the city did nothing to safeguard a nearly identical, but larger, piece of equipment at Union Square Park. …
[T]he problem should not have come as a surprise to city officials, given that the new Brooklyn Bridge Park playground, which was designed by the same landscape architect, Michael Van Valkenburgh, had the same problem in April.
Free-Range Kids author Lenore Skenazy, writing in Salon, ironically ascribes the use of smooth metal-clad domes in playgrounds to fear of injury, litigation, and liability.