Tread On Me: 7 Amazing Upcycled Playground Tanks

Little Rock & Roll

Tread On Me: 7 Amazing Upcycled Playground Tanks(images via: Mandy G (redjade75))

Flickr user redjade75 channeled a little Robert Capa when she visited a playground in North Little Rock, Arkansas, in January of 2008. The juxtaposition of a decommissioned U.S. Army tank and a modern kid's playground is a tad unsettling and her images just reinforce the feeling.

Czech Mate

Tread On Me: 7 Amazing Upcycled Playground Tanks(image via: Massimo Foti)

When Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev brought the Prague Spring to an early end in 1968, the sight of Russian tanks was chilling indeed. Times have changed, though, and these days Red Army armor is neither worrisome nor red… more like dayglo yellow, green and blue.

Tread On Me: 7 Amazing Upcycled Playground Tanks(images via: Massimo Foti and Military Humor)

Situated in the village of Prosenice, located in the Czech Republic's eastern Olomouc Region, this repurposed OT-62 TOPAS amphibious armored personnel carrier offers unprecedented access through an open side hatch and speedy egress via a color-coordinated plastic slide… obviously an aftermarket accessory. What would Leonid say? It's worth noting the slide has been replaced/upgraded at least once. As for the tank, all it needs is the odd touch-up now and then.