School Does About-Face on Preventing Kids from Playing in the Park

2019-09-26 – More thoughts while walking my dog Rebe in the park.

Almost 25 years ago, we moved to our current house. Two of the biggest attractions were the school across the street and the large park adjacent to the school. Our boys were little at the time.

It soon became apparent that there were some problems in the school, led by the principal. One sore spot was that the principal didn’t allow the kids go into the park. The park was such an obvious resource, but she wouldn’t hear about it. Requests by parents were of no use.

And she hardened her heart. And she built a fence between the school property and the park.

It is now more than 20 years later. We’ve been hearing for some time that the school has significantly improved. This summer they closed down a section of the school grounds (on the far side of the school from us) to build an addition to the school. In the process, they closed down the teeny-tiny play area the school kids have been using since the fence was put up to keep them out of the park.

All of a sudden, the attitude about kids going into the park has changed.

When I walk Rebe in the park on school days now, there’s the sound of children playing. After more than 20 years, they are now allowed into the playground. A section of fence has been removed!

I asked someone from the school about the change. He said that it’s only because of the construction on the other side of the school.

I don’t think so. I’m betting that the change is going to last.

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