Our neighborhood has almost no amenities. I mean, they cut our grass and plow the snow, which is pretty cool, but other than that there is really not much. We do have a park for all of the little children to play in, but it isn’t conveniently located and, well, it’s ugly. It has been very poorly maintained over time, and there is grass peeking through the years old mulch, and the black plastic they place under the mulch is showing in quite a few place. Moreover, I worry about the safety of the ride-on spring toy things, as the big springs supporting the little duck or horse are pretty rusted. Never in my few years living here have I seen any kids playing in the poor ignored park. Today it is in the mid-upper 60s, and we decided to take advantage. One thing I have learned is that regardless of the condition of the “park,” if there are swings, or a big yellow slide - the little ones couldn’t be more over the moon. Through their little eyes, the dilapidated little square on the hill comes to life, transforming into a wonderland that only tiny eyes and faces can appreciate. It is one of the few places where us grown humans let them be loud and rambunctious, where they can run free and feel the breeze flowing through their perfect little hairs.
I think I will be writing a letter to the HOA, asking them to take care of this long-ignored little park. I fear that people are hesitant to take their children to the park, and knowing that the town features some much larger and more magical parks to run in, but really, this tiny place can be magical to these little ones, and I suspect, that if cared for properly, it could be a lovely little place in our community, instead of a long-forgotten eyesore atop a hill.