Kids should be going down a slide or playing on a jungle gym at Buckley Park. Buckley Park should have a play set.
Buckley Park recently was remodeled. The estimated cost of the project was $387,000, but it took more money than expected. The only visible changes are an added drinking fountain, mulch and a few small-but-expensive boulders that are only fit to sit on. The rocks are considered the children's play area, but an outdoor play area needs a play set.
Mistakes were made during the face lift. An earlier plan was rejected because it had too much concrete. The people in charge asked for the opinions of college students, whose campus is no-where near the park. The remodel wasn't very well planned. A tree was removed so there would be room for a concrete entryway, which never was added.
Buckley Park is the only park in the central business district. If some kids' siblings are at Katzin Music learning to play an instrument, they have no place to pass the time. Buckley Park also is the only park in historic downtown.
Durango is a tourist town. If Buckley Park had a playground, parents could take shifts between watching their kids and sightseeing.
Sometimes events are held at Buckley Park, such as art and craft fairs, Snowdown and the Fourth of July picnic. Some people think they need all the space for these events. They don't because there are other options and sites, such as Santa Rita Park and Rotary Park. An option is we could share the space - a play set wouldn't take up that much room, and these events don't use it all.
Let's get a play set added to Buckley Park. Contact members of the school board and tell them about Cedarworks all-natural swing sets (which are more than swing sets). Before we can do this, we need to raise about $50,000 by contacting organizations such as the High Noon Rotary Club, which gave $25,000 to the last improvements. Buckley Park needs a play set.
Philip Wiley, Durango