My first impression of city Park is a cesspool of a pond filled with geese. The whole eastern part of the park is open space overrun with geese and weeds. West of the pavilion is much more well-maintained Nice paths and flower gardens. The place was virtually abandoned on a late afternoon in July. Other than people working on their cars and smoking pot, the park wasn't being used much. The pavilion is a beautiful structure that is gated and locked, a Virtual no man's land. I can't believe how this resource is being squandered. Other cities would have markets, performers, restaurants in this area.
The situation changes dramatically on Sunday afternoon's when Jazz in the park is being held. The park becomes unrecognizable with dozens of food trucks, thousands of people playing volleyball and frisbee, dogs and kids running around. Even with hundreds and hundreds of dogs, I was very impressed with the responsible owners. They kept their dogs on the leash and cleaned up after them.it reminded me of Fourth of July at a huge park where everyone is relaxing and enjoying themselves, but with jazz music instead of fireworks. It would be really nice if the city put some resources into the park, cleaned up the pond and eliminated the geese. Simple shore bank plant restoration would likely deter the geese from staying.
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