Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Children's Park - July 2009 update

Finally had a chance to get down the Children’s Park. There is good news and there is bad news. First the good news: most of the park is still untouched and undeveloped. In fact, about 90 percent of it has been completely abandoned to the point where weeds and trees are growing over the pathways like some Lost World. I tried jogging through the park but it’s so overgrown that you kind of have to wade through it.

Now the bad news: the park is still fenced off and more or less closed to the public. I was able to get in by the one and only entrance near the Seoul Restaurant, but it’s clearly not meant for public use. It seems like only a matter of time before the land is somehow developed. In fact, some development has already begun. Specifically, the northeast corner of the park, which has been fenced off and cleared by earthmovers. There is no construction yet but it looks like someone is getting ready to build something there. I would estimate that this constitutes about 10% of the total park land. Now, there is one other part of the park that is being developed. You probably recall that the park had a lake. Well, this lake has been drained but it looks like its being repaired so that it can be filled again. Some trees have been planted around this lake. There is nothing really to indicate what it is being prepared for, but if I can crack this case I will let y’all know.