I shot that video today walking through the park. It’s just as filthy as when I last saw it. It’s a shame, because the park itself is pretty decent. You can hear the birds and the trees are healthy. What would it take for the park to be successful? First of all, how would we define success? I think it has to be a place full of kids and families, a place that they feel safe going to and enjoy being in. No litter and graffiti. The park has to be well lit at night, not with stupid floodlights that blind people who look in their direction, but with subtle lighting that does its job without being irritating.
It really wouldn’t take much of an effort to make that all happen. I still think the Facebook page idea is a good one and is the best way to get the community involved and ‘own’ the park for themselves. It’s a very achievable goal. I’ll probably do the Facebook page myself in a few weeks and I hope it turns out as well as I think it will. Any ideas?
Things we can do to fix it:
- Clean-up program with local kids (litter removal and painting over graffiti)
- More rubbish bins (one near every BBQ grill and seating area, people want to throw stuff in bins but they’re too far away or full)
- Cover the sand around the playground and wherever there’s sand with mulch. It’s safer and stores the nutrients in the soil. Mulch can be anything, but I suggest rubber mulch.
- Take out all of the stupid floodlights. They ruin the atmosphere and blind people who look near them. They’re the wrong choice.
- Install ground lighting around the running track and lights under every bench. The seating areas have to be individually lit from within as well as the circulation that leads to them. No dark spaces, but no annoying mega-lights either.
- Hire a maintenance guy and a security guy. The facility is there and it needs to be fixed. This is critical.
- Change the boring and unimaginative signs outside the park. They’re not inviting.
- This is a personal preference, and I understand the reason for having it, but I would demolish the wall and slowly expand the park outwards filling up all the dead space that surrounds it.
- The Facebook page.
- Plant a much wider variety of plants and flowers. There’s too much of the same thing and variety attracts more birds and is visually appealing.
Edit – I know i’m dancing around the topic, but I would LOVE to redesign the park…
Note: Please ignore the actual design, the image is mainly to illustrate the point and to show the potential program that can be in place.