For the last several months, the city I live in has been tearing up concrete, pulling out nice sized trees, and putting up awful orange construction barrels. Yes, I live in one of America’s fastest growing cities, and they are having to widen the four lane highway into a sixer to accommodate all the people. It’s a mess, and as all construction, it sucks; I avoid it at all cost. I was upset that they were pulling out all the trees. They were live oak mostly, but I think there were a couple magnolias. I was told a few years ago that a tree in my own back yard was terminally ill, and I should get a new one to replace it, but they’re expensive. I thought about asking if I could just have one of those trees the city removed, but I was too shy to just ask a worker, and didn’t know who to ask up high. But it’s all going to be OK.
A week ago, I was at the big park, in town, with a friend. There were signs posted everywhere that the park would be closed from April 5 until August for renovations. It seemed odd to close the park all summer, and I didn’t remember voting on any bond projects, so I was very curious. I turned to the world wide web – it knows everything, you know. Actually, I wonder if you can use the internet as your “phone a friend” on Millionaire. Hmmmm.
So I found the project online. They are adding concessions, ball fields, and parking. They aren’t actually improving the playground, but that’s OK. Why? Well, you remember those trees I mentioned earlier? You won’t believe this, but the city, an actual government entity, is actually doing something green, and cost-effective. They are replanting all those trees in the new park expansion! I couldn’t be more proud of them.
Actually, I think I may have clapped out loud. Yay!