Tonight after work my wife and I took advantage of possibly one of the last nice weather days in 2011 and got the kids out of the house for a walk. I got home late so a walk to Tower Park was out of the question before it got dark so we made a short trip to Highland Park.
I hadn't been to Highland since the spring for a sand volleyball game and boy was a surprised to find the changes. I knew the city had planned shelter and bathroom changes at Highland to match the work that was completed at Tower and that was in process at Rossford but I didn't realize they took out all the playground equipment at the park.
While the new shelters look great - there is nothing for kids to do there now. No people = underutilized investments. On top of the disappointment of seeing no one around I realized that the iced tea and waters I had at lunch had caught up with me and I needed to use the restroom. As I expected the great looking bathrooms that had to cost well into 6 figures to build was locked.
The only thing at the park that was being utilized was the dog park which had about 20 people and 35 dogs - an amazing usage but what about us non pet owners - what is there to do at Highland Park? My four year old was most disappointed that his swings and slides were gone. These were not old and decaying playground equipment but fairly recent additions.
Even the basketball courts had been removed! For those living in the Moyer district - what do you think of the changes?