A Park Parade - Join the Cause
A Park Parade.
I love Idaho Falls. I grew up here, experienced the joys of a good community with good people. I think this place I call Home can’t be beat. Though this is the case, I must say that there are some things in town that hurt my heart. Things that create just a bit of grief inside. Like, for example, when I am driving down a street with classy homes and beautiful yards, etc and then suddenly there is an abandoned building that looks like it houses zombies, totally ruining the feeling... :( I've thought "Is there nothing that can be done?... These kinds of feelings and thoughts happen every so often as I head around town.
Recently, I saw a petition going around to build a splash pad over at the park of my youth: Reinhart Park. What a great idea!! Thank you to whoever came up with this petition and pushed it! I signed it. (Joshua Dawson, was that you?) Way to go, thinker. (Click Here to see the petition). What if more of us raised our voices for improvement around town? The city council isn't ignorant. And they're willing to listen, too. I wonder and I believe that we can consider desired changes, prepare our "pitch", and actually share it with influence. Making somewhat thoughtless suggestions doesn't lead to much. When we do the footwork, express a sense of teamwork, and then talk, people will listen.
My wife often takes our daughters to parks with a small group of girlfriends. She recently visited a new park and playground per my suggestion. My wife seemed hesitant at first because she was unfamiliar with it and she also knew that another particular park was consistently functional for our 1-year old. Despite her hesitancy, she still chose to go. And boom! Like that, she had another park added to her "Good" list. Now we have to ask, which other parks would make the cut if we only gave them a shot? My wife also has a list of "don't goes" for one reason or another.
These thoughts bring me to a couple of questions which I'd like answered:
1) Which parks are currently the best to go to for our little children?
2) Which parks have little things that sadly make much of the park undesirable? And are these issues fixable with just a little work??
Moms (and Dads) out there. Join the event!
On August 7th and 28th, I (with my wife) will be holding a Park Parade. This will be a couple of days of visiting multiple parks with our children and evaluating each of these with specific criteria. We'll try to make it to as many parks as possible within 2 hours or so. Our kids will be the testers as we give them 10-15 minutes to "go wild" on each playground. After we finish, I will make a list of "Key Take-Aways" or the information needed to actually make a difference. I will then prepare our requests and share them with the city. I will also share our list with other parents so they know which parks are the best.
This will be a social event but may also make a difference. Join our park parade and you could be the reason for change (and good times)!
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