Families Without Playgrounds

A family playing in the baseball field at the Pratt-White athletic field at Marine Park (Courtesy of Margot Perron).

This week I observed how families are using the park without playgrounds. Benches became balance beams, baseball clay became drawing boards with sticks, pigeons were chased. Instead of releasing a child in a playground where a parent can chill on a bench, each child has to be overseen by a parent or caregiver with much less autonomy but much more relationship building. We are seeing parents and grandparents more engaged with their children. These will be times to remember — how the park was used during the coronavirus pandemic between parent and child.

Be well and walk the park,

Maria D’Alessandro

Board Chair