Way back when I was a kid, (yeah, we are going pretty far back here) my city decided they were going to build a ginormous playground for all the kids. It was such a fabulous idea because there weren't too many parks around to play at during that time. This playground was hardcore compared to the dinky ones we had sprinkled around town. They named it Kid's Kingdom, and a kingdom it was! Much later, after I married my husband, I found out his dad had a hand in helping to build it.
I love the idea that my kids are not only enjoying the same playground I so loved as a kid, but them knowing their pop had created some of it makes it all that much more special.
A few years ago they put up a brand new park right across the street from this one. It's a metal structure, very sleek and spiffy, so Kid's Kingdom doesn't get visited much anymore. This park has so much to offer still, it saddens me that everyone flocks to the new. To me, newer isn't always better. This playground is a diamond in the rough. It just needs people to take another look to find the beauty that's always been.
Do you have nice parks where you live?