Neighbors claiming local parks
Mostly children play in this park, but I have to admit once or twice, maybe 10 years ago, I had lunch there, I didn't see anyone in the park at the time, but I assume it is popular due to the proximity to the neighborhood. I know that Santa Claus as been there at neighborhood holiday parties.
Well recently, teenagers have come to the park at night. I don't think they are causing problems, but neighbors have complained to the police; they think that they are vandalizing cars in the neighborhood, but I don't think that's the case. I think the neighbors just don't want strangers in "their park."
When I was younger, we hung out at parks, we didn't cause damage. I remember so many times, maybe at 1 or 2 in the morning, hanging with friends in Peacock Park, at picnic tables, under shelters, near the water. We hung out for a half hour and left, we didn't vandalize anything.The neighbors near the 22nd Avenue Park don't want anyone at "their park," and this could be the case with Lincoln Park, although Lincoln Park went from being a quiet little park into being an noisy playground with fake grass.
In my neighborhood there is a secret little passageway to the bay. For years people have come out in the middle of the night to hang out there - to fish, to make-out, to hang out. And we neighbors have all chased them away at one time or another. I felt bad one time when I chased a bunch of clean cut college kids away. But we felt it was for neighborhood safety reasons, but in reality, we were not sharing the wealth. It was ours, we didn't want them to have any part of it. Very Donald Trump of us.
Now we let anyone back there, they are enjoying a night hanging out by the bay. In all these years there has never been an incident, but one of my neighbors swears that refugees are being smuggled through the passageway from the bay. But that's another story.
I can see how neighbors get attached to their outdoor spaces. And I can see how neighbors near Lincoln Park just want their old park back, they never chased people away, they shared it with all, but they shared a quiet pocket park, not a playground, which it is now.
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