Wednesday, October 6, 2010

St. Bernards Park: A Review

Posted By on Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 5:00 AM

That brown stuff will be a park someday.
  • That brown stuff will be a park someday.
In Short:

Location: 21st and St. Bernards
Size of Park: Small
Crowds: Light, but weirdly, not non-existent
Approximate Age of Patrons: 20s
Topics of Conversation: "I hope that's going to be a pond."
Stray Dogs Seen: None
Types of Vehicles in Parking Lots: I was in a parking lot, but I don't know if it's a parking lot for the park
Perceived Safety: Low right now. You could easily trip.
Number of Gunshots Heard: None
Dog Friendliness: Low right now
Number of pitbulls sighted: None
Accessibility: Low right now
Incorporation of Local History: Low
Recommended Patrons: For the moment, only very hardcore park fans

The osage oranges wait to be unleashed onto the park.
  • The Osage oranges wait to be unleashed onto the park.
St. Bernards is my very first under-construction park and I am really more excited by it than it probably warrants. They've got a very small grove of Osage oranges fenced off and protected. There are concrete forms everywhere where the walking paths will be and there's even a suggestive break in the forms over a low spot.

I think the park is going to get a bridge!

While I was there, a woman and her dog walked along the unfinished path and went to play on the grass. But, otherwise, it was pretty empty, as you'd imagine an active construction zone would be.

I think I was most happy to see it because a park enthusiast might worry that, with the massive budgetary pressures the city is under, that we'd just let all our parks turn to crap in order to save money. The fact that park projects are moving forward seems to me an indication that the city understands the importance of funding parks.

Let's hope so anyway.

As for St. Bernards, I'm excited to see how it turns out. It's small, maybe about the size of a city block, but it looks like the space is being well-planned in order to be pleasing to its eventual patrons.

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