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Save This Park at the “America Is Your Park” Campaign

By mikeadamick |

These monkey bars are great, but they could use some help ....

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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As the “Daddy Issues” columnist for and a prime mover at “The Poop,” the parenting blog of the San Francisco Chronicle, Mike Adamick is no stranger to writing about modern fatherhood with wit and wisdom. He blogs at Cry It Out! Read bio and latest posts → Read mikeadamick's latest posts →

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8 thoughts on “Save This Park at the “America Is Your Park” Campaign

  1. Rosie says:

    Every park deserves a little beautification and it sounds like yours could really use it! Parks are especially important in urban areas, where there isn’t as much open space for kids to run around, so I hope your park gets the sprucing up it deserves!

  2. Sandy says:

    “a park of dreams” – I like that. :) Good luck in the contest, your park has got my vote!

  3. bridget says:

    i love taking my kids to the park too when we just need a break—an hour outside can do wonders for your mood! (and theirs!)

  4. mackicayloma says:

    This does sound like a park of dreams since it’s not covered in all the crazy equipment. My kids actually love a park with less ‘stuff’. They get to use their imaginations and create all kinds of worlds and lava trails.

  5. Kelsey says:

    I love the parks in California and city parks are so important. I love the idea of parks getting a facelift and totally support you guys winning a grant . Good lukc!!

  6. designhermomma says:

    Oh the dimpled slide! You’re bring me back to my childhood. Not to mention the teeter-totters, you never see those any more.

  7. SunnyChanel says:

    Oh, yes Juri Commons can use some love. And really, no park should have play gear that is all rusty. Let’s hope that this park gets some love!

  8. Meghan says:

    The little out of the way (and usually neglected) parks are often our favorites. We love exploring local neighborhoods and finding parks that we had no idea existed. Often, a lot of people have no idea they exist so the kids have free reign, which they love.

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