Longest Swing Set: Backyard Discovery breaks Guinness World Records record (VIDEO)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, USA -- In the spirit of changing lives, the largest U.S. swing set manufacturer Backyard Discovery partnered with the largest youth mentoring network Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) to build the longest swing set; the swing set was was over 562 feet long, which is almost twice the size of a football field and sets the new world record for the Longest Swing Set, according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: The gigantic s-shaped structure took almost 500 volunteers three days to build. The record setting swing set was was over 562 feet long, which is almost twice the size of a football field. Once built and revealed, it allowed for 127 smiling kids to swing and 51 enthusiastic kids to slide simultaneously. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records world record for the tallest swing carousel, called "Texas SkyScreamer", is 122.78 m (402 ft 10 in) and is operated by Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas, USA. It was measured on 17 June 2013.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest swing dance; it consists of 1,184 participants, and was achieved by Cowboy Country Swing Club (USA) in Laramie, Wyoming, USA, on 30 April 2015.
The gigantic s-shaped structure took almost 500 volunteers three days to build. The record setting swing set was was over 562 feet long, which is almost twice the size of a football field.
Once built and revealed, it allowed for 127 smiling kids to swing and 51 enthusiastic kids to slide simultaneously.
Backyard Discovery treated attending children with a special surprise twist after the record was set. Each of the 51 sections that made up the swing set were donated to attending Big Brothers Big Sisters families.
All swing sets were donated, on behalf of Backyard Discovery, to surprise children with the greatest need. Selected families were notified and qualified prior to the event.
Once their names were found engraved on the wood - the kids got to play on their very own swing sets. By the end of the day, the swing sets were sent home and placed in each family's backyard.
The ambitious "BIG Swing Set" project, sponsored and managed by Backyard Discovery, aimed to build awareness of the positive impact that mentoring has on a child's path to success.
"We're honored to sponsor a project that benefits our nation's most valuable asset - our children - and brings awareness to a phenomenal organization changing children's lives every day," said David Thornhill, CEO of Backyard Discovery.