I was reminded again this week of how wonderful Brazil’s parks really are.
I was interviewing a businessman who is new to Brazil. When I asked him why he chose our city to expand his business, one of the reasons he gave was our parks and how well they are maintained.
That was the same sentiment I heard when interviewing our new band director at Northview, Dominic Thompson. He grew up in a military family without a town to call home and expressed his appreciation for Brazil where everything may not be new but it is well maintained.
Then, last night, I was sitting in the Forest Park pool, helping oversee a large number of kids from our church.
I looked out, across the CYL diamond on the other side of the road and imagined watching a baseball game while relaxing in that clean water that was not the least bit too warm nor cold but just right.
I thought about the log cabins, looking east from the pool, about Rotary HQ and the carnival that recently moved out of town, about the picnic we had with some of our grandchildren and watching them climb on the wooden playground equipment. They also love going to the park when they come to grandma’s house, of course.
I thought about the band concerts and the bandshell that was built many years ago, at some sacrifice.
I thought about the newspaper clippings I have read promoting the amateur shows at the bandshell back in the 1940s when I’m sure some of those people went home and listened to Major Bowes “Amateur Hour” on their radios in the days before Ted Mack brought the same show to TV.
I thought about the rounds of golf I have played on the Forest Park course and how grateful I am that “real golfers” have it available.
It probably helps that I get to attend nearly every park board meeting and find out what’s new but I hope all of us appreciate all that is going on at both Forest Park, the skate park, Hendrix Park and, of course, Craig Park with all the updates and increased activity there.