|Moss Beach Park is more than a playground|
Twice as many people as seats were at the MCC meeting on Wednesday to discuss the recent sale of the Moss Beach Park. The how and why and what to do about it were really not the topic. Rather it was a chance for the community to express what the park meant to them. And it means a lot. And it means a lot to me.
I, too, am proud to say I was there to help build the park. (My proudest moment was connecting the little 'telephone' tube so kids can talk to Old Mossy's captain). The decorative top of one of the swing set posts? Yep. Some of my finest carpentry skills on display.
I can't say I slept at the park, or took a week off of work, as some had mentioned at the meeting. But I'll be damned if it is not one of the things I am most proud of in the entire community. And I guarantee that is case for hundreds of others.
Just a playground? No. Somehow it transcends that. As someone said at the meeting. They came with a shovel and left with a hundred new friends. Indeed.
I am cautiously optimistic that this is just a bump in the road for the park. That at this time 5 years from now kids will still be talking with the captain of the SS Mossy. Its too painful to think about it any other way.
Did you take part? Do you remember what you built? Does your kid have a favorite spot? (I'm partial to the swinging surfboard myself) Would love to read about what the park means to you...