This park saved my life. Our lives.
Built in what must have been the ’70s, when the norm for playground equipment was treated wood, painted metal and, quite possibly, rabies, Juri Commons playground is tucked into the abandoned right-of-way of an old railroad line that used to cut through the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District.
There’s a dimpled metal slide, a wooden monkey bar set with rainbow bars and a rusty swing set. There’s not much to do except run around and play on this stuff, and yet, somehow, it is a park of dreams — a small rectangle of recreation in the heart of bustling streets and hopping neighborhoods.
It needs some help, however, and thankfully there’s a great contest that could do just that.
When my daughter was younger, say 2 or 3, and was desperate to get out of the house, while I was desperate for a nap, this was the park we could wander to for some quick fun without the long walk to those fancier playgrounds across the neighborhood. It was our go-to fun joint, and because it is so old and sad-looking, we had it to ourselves a lot of the time.
It became ours. Our park. Our fun place.
I’d love to see it get a nice little facelift so more families might consider stopping by this secluded little gem of a park, so I’m happy to see Coca-Cola’s Live Positively “America Is Your Park” (“AIYP”) program to help renovate parks across the country. The winner gets a grant of $100,000, with $50,000 for second and and $25,000 for third.
To enter for a chance to renovate your own park, it’s pretty easy:
Go to America Is Your Park and find the interactive map to to find your park and vote for it. Or you can use Foursquare to check in to your park to gain votes or use Facebook to get friends to help out. Voting is open for any park until July 15, 2012, so take a look and do what you can to save your own park. I know a certain, small, decrepit, incredibly fun park that needs a little love.
Mike Adamick writes at Cry It Out!
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