Re: Trampolines
From: Muriel Kranowski (
Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:33:21 -0700 (PDT)
I'm not as sanguine as Katie about ignoring insurance companies' major
safety concerns. Trampolines are uninsurable because they are darned
dangerous. Every year hundreds of thousands of kids are injured, some very
traumatically, from trampoline accidents, and if this were not covered by
your liability insurance, I suspect that your community could be sued out
of existence in case of a tragedy.
     Muriel at Shadowlake Village

On Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 1:24 PM KAREN A CARLSON via Cohousing-L <
cohousing-l [at]> wrote:

> Who carries (i.e., pays) insurance in "private" backyards?  While I agree
> that we shouldn't let risk shut down children's play, it may be that the
> community needs to make the decision re equipment.  And if such structures
> are approved, a decision re insurance would be a good second step or part
> of the first decision. (In our community, exclusive use is limited to 5
> feet out from exterior walls, thus play structures are alway on community
> land.)
> Karen Carlson
> Arboretum cohousing
> Madison, Wi
> ________________________________
> From: Cohousing-L < [at]>
> on behalf of Kathryn McCamant <kmccamant [at]>
> Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 10:54 AM
> To: cohousing-l [at]
> Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Trampolines
> On 4/16/19, 9:51 PM, "Cohousing-L on behalf of G/P Looney-Burman"
> < [at] on
> behalf of burloon [at]> wrote:
>     Do any communities have any experience, policies or issues with
> trampolines
>     in a resident's "exclusive use area" i.e. private backyards?
>  ____
> One of our families, with 3 fast growing boys, put up a trampoline behind
> their house. It is in the common area, and they took the approach of
> "asking forgiveness rather than approval."  And no one complained!,  at
> least not publicly.  The kids love it! It is nicely nestled in a place that
> feels private, but with lots of eyes on.
> IMHO, if those of us want who live in intergeneration communities, want to
> keep and attract families with kids, we need to be willing to make
> reasonable accommodation for kids play.... fort building, bike jumps and
> trampolines are the kinds of play many remember as favorite childhood
> memories....but the insurance companies and attorneys would likely tell us
> to forbid such things. Let's not let the fear of liabilities ruin kids
> play.  Life is full of risks, and one of them is the risks of growing up
> being better at video game play than creating your own play in the great
> outdoors.
> Katie
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> Kathryn McCamant, President
> CoHousing Solutions
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