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Viewfinder: Meckauer Park in Early April

Children play and adults walk the track in Meckauer Park.

Children play and adults walk the track in Meckauer Park now that spring weather is finally upon us.

Bother April 08, 2011 at 11:38 PM
I am so delighted that my photos of kids playing in the park became the spark that started such a terrific discussion. It makes me very happy to see how many people care about the park.
sunfun June 07, 2011 at 04:32 PM
I love the park .. go there regularly with my 2 kids. If looking for volunteers .. I'll be game and drag my 2 along too -- although they're little, they're enthusiastic.
Carolyn June 08, 2011 at 03:57 AM
I'm just revisiting this topic, as it's been updated....Matt, didn't see your reply till now. Friend, it's a bit disingenuous of you to say that there are "no 8 foot weeds"--it was April when we had this discussion! *LOL* Wow, Matt, you got to talking like a politician really, really fast. :D Anyway, I am relatively new to Bethel in the sense that I didn't know what things had been done, as Alicia writes. I meant no disrespect to your work or to others', Alicia. I was just expressing my frustration. I'm used to parks being as peaceful and restful for adults as well as kids, and I'm sorry, but deadly, untrimmed ragweed and no way to wash my hands after using the lav just seemed a bit vile to me. I *did* notice that someone has since fixed the fence...was it my little tempest in a teapot that got that fixed?? Either way, I'm happy it's finally fixed, as prior to its repair, there were tire tracks going from the road to the edge of the pond, where some car had carreened right into the park! Wow, dangerous just a little, yes? Anyway, I'm glad to hear there are long term plans; better than nothing. Now if they'd just remove those stupid Dick Jane Sally/Romper Room signs, that would be awesome. ;o)
Val June 08, 2011 at 05:09 PM
Weren't those 'Dick/Jane' signs put there by a Boy Scout earning his Eagle badge? I may be wrong but I do know the Boy Scouts have helped clean up the park. I personally like the signs, they are there for those that like to have 'extra' information. Maybe to show their kids just what plants are around. Just like when you take a hike through a National Park or similar, they are there to inform you of the local vegetation. I also REALLY REALLY like the doggie bags that are supplied!! They are not the cheap ones either! They come in handy when I forget my own doggie bags. THANK YOU for those!
Carolyn June 08, 2011 at 05:50 PM
Nature, imo, should not have signs inserted between its leaves and branches, telling anyone, even children, "how" to experience it. I'm reminded of a favorite walk I had when I was a child. It was a path that ran behind my elementary school. School windows were on my right, trees, bushes and flowers were on my left. An introspective and dreamy kind of child, I often walked this path, imagining and dreaming as I went. In my mind, the path had a name: "Memory Lane." I don't know what prompted the name, but I do know that I felt vast amounts of possibilities opening to me in the creative conversations prompted by nature--birds, flowers, bees--as I walked. Conversely, at Mackauer, what should be a similar reverie in the park for any child or adult--sans media of any kind telling us what to say, think, feel, buy, do, etc.---is transformed into a Sesame Street/commercial/media venture--being told, even on a quiet walk. HOW to think. Am I too sensitive to my surroundings? Maybe so. But so was Thoreau, or Emerson. The opinion I expressed here has nothing whatever to do with _who_ put up the signs (in this case, Boy Scouts eager to earn merit badges).

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