You are probably going to think I must live in a pretty cruddy neighborhood... one, with the neighbor kids mouthing off and now I'm going to report on our neighborhood park.
A few weeks ago I took Liam to the park on a Sunday evening when he was wired to the max before bedtime. We hadn't been over there in a while because of the heat the past couple months, so I was surprised to find a much different play place for my child when we arrived. Actually, it wasn't worthy of my child playing on any of the equipment. I will spare you the additional photos I took of all the grafitti and filth scribed into every nook and cranny of the steps, slides, tunnels and platforms... nevertheless I sent these photos to the city and I have yet to go see if anything has been done about it.
I was doubting much COULD be done since the "gang" that did the damage literally whittled into the plastic slides and wooden benches... how do you sand down plastic so the F word doesn't show? And is it even worth doing if the city isn't surveillancing the area at night when the immature and bored go out and do this stuff? It just blows my mind that kids have no respect for even an area that toddlers should be playing by day. I think the only solution to the problem would be to illuminate this park with many street lamps so the shady folks can't hang out there at night after they have snuck out of their parents homes to meet up with their delinquent "friends."
I'll update later on any progress.