We were there to capture some of the fun on Friday as the City of Moose Jaw's playground program wrapped up for another summer. City Hall spends some our money to staff a number of playgrounds with specially trained young people. They, in turn, supervise local children at play. It's money well-spent.
I spent a lot of time as a kid over at Elgin Park, learning how to play with good communication and cooperation. I would become a leader among my playground peers and that eventually got me my first summer job - as a playground supervisor.
Oh, I remember a lot of great times and some wonderful little people. I clearly remember a number of children who would come before the playground shack opened and stay 'til the end of the day. Some of them were the kids who came from families that didn't have much. They were the kids who would never go to the lake or go camping. There were no summertime get-a-ways for those kids. The playground WAS their vacation.
As a city, we've made many decisions to cut spending and save money in parks and recreation over the years but that playground program has survived.