I remember growing up near a park with a rocket like this, and horses too. Mine was called 'Red Indian' and my sisters was called 'Sunshine'. Yep.
I've been working (read: working hard and then periodically looking at random websites to 'rest my brain') and I came across these playgrounds from the 70's. Do you remember these?
They were AWESOME! Dangerous, exciting, interesting things full of angles and metal bars and moving parts with no guards. Awesome. Not sure if I'd like MY kids playing on them, but gee they were fun.