Spot on assessment of the new Scoville Park [Grading the Scoville Park upgrade, Ken Trainor, Viewpoints, July 31]. Why in the world would they install those cement cubes? Don't we go to the park to get away from cement?
Also, my wife and I have three children, age 3 and under, so we spend a lot of time in the new tot lot. We love it, but there are three safety issues that the park district can and should address:
1) Install a gate between the tot lot and tennis courts. Little ones run onto the court all the time endangering them and the players.
2) Completely enclose the fence around the tot lot instead of leaving it open on the south side. Again, little ones run off quickly.
3) These same tots run from the jungle gym toward the swings regularly. They get hit when parents pushing their kids can't stop the swings fast enough to avoid a collision.
Since they can't restructure the lot so the swings aren't so close to the jungle gym (the Randolph Street Lot is laid out very well) perhaps a small fence around the swing area will eliminate collisions that could eventually send a child to the hospital.