What a beautiful weekend we just enjoyed.
On several occasions as I drove past Ft. Steilacoom Park I marveled at the number of children and their parents in the park enjoying the new baseball and soccer fields.
The huge crowd of dogs and their owners filling the off-leash areas in the southern region of the park was exciting to watch.
But it was at the playground area that I had the greatest pleasure. I was one of the three coordinators from Lakewood Rotary Club who headed up the project last June and every time I see the playground packed with kids and parents thoroughly enjoying themselves, I get a great thrill.
Now, the Clover Park Rotary Club is building a picnic shelter next to the playground. It will have electricity, tables and water. That’s going to be another great addition.
But with all the progress that’s been done and the volunteerism that has helped make this a fantastic community facility, I’m a little disappointed by the action¬? or lack thereof ¬?from Lakewood’s Parks & Recreation Department.
As part of the playground project, we bought and paid for a bicycle rack and a drinking fountain. The units were delivered months ago to the city and I was even asked if the committee had a specific spot in mind for the bike rack. Someplace close to the playground was our response. The water line was extended to an area in front of the playground during construction so the drinking fountain could be installed there.
Months ago I called to find out when the installations would be completed. Since I didn’t reach anyone live, I left a voice message. I’ve yet to get a response and as of Sunday, April 23, there wasn’t a bike rack or drinking fountain installed that I could find anywhere near the playground.
The playground, the off-leash areas and the soon-to-be-open picnic area are wonderful assets. They were created almost completely by community groups and volunteers. Getting the parks staff to get the bike rack mounted and drinking fountain installed doesn’t seem to be asking too much.
I certainly hope it won’t take as long to install the bicycle rack and drinking fountain as it did to make the bathroom that Partners for Parks financed operational.