When is a park a playground?

Dear Editor,
I was raising a new American flag up the flagpole at the fish hatchery city park when three young boys, about 9 years old, approached me.
“Are you the city park attendant?” they asked.
I inquired why they wanted to know if I was.
Coming directly to the point, they asked me, “If this is supposed to be a city park, why doesn’t it have playground stuff for the children?”
I promised them I would ask the people who run the park that question. That answer did not seem to please them, and as they walked away, they occasionally turned to look back at me.
So, keeping my promise to those young men, I ask the city manager and the city commissioners and the director of parks, “Why isn’t there a playground for children at the fish hatchery city park?”
Paul Pavlak



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