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A bad decision

What on earth were the people at the parks department thinking when they made the decision to permanently remove the perfectly acceptable playground equipment at Wagner Park and replace it with a bunch of painted rocks?

I haven’t read them, but the minutes of those meetings must be absolutely hilarious. Who designed the new stuff? Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble?

This playground is an important gathering place for locals and tourists alike in the summer. It created a (false) sense that the downtown core was a fun place to be, day and night. There was no emergency need to rip out the old equipment for safety reasons, as the parks department stated in a recent article.

If there was, why didn’t they take out the nearly identical equipment in Herron Park? If replacement equipment couldn’t be installed this summer, why didn’t they just leave some or all of the equipment that our children and visitors’ children have enjoyed for years?

I was in town with my daughter this morning. She wanted to play in the Wagner Park playground. I helped her to climb on the one piece of playground equipment that the parks department forgot to remove. Unfortunately there were about 14 other kids on the climbing bars, which makes it basically a full-contact sport.

This didn’t need to happen. It was a bad decision. It was unnecessary.

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By the way, what exactly was the reason for building the new bathrooms? Has anyone else noticed that the men’s room has one less urinal and the same amount of toilets as the old one? Why is one of the toilet stalls in the men’s room permanently locked?

Doug Desenberg

Aspen