Thursday, September 1, 2011
Exploring SE Prospect Park
We decided to go around the lake today, checking out the Lakeside progress and see what damage the storm did. The news is not good. The whole SE corner is looking very bad. Probably because it's getting little use, since the BBQ area is gone, the Parking lot is gone, the boat rentals are gone, the sweet rustic shelter by the water is gone, and most of it is fenced off. The huge piles of dirt have 1-2 ft. long weeds growing on them, and trash is all around them. A couple of downed trees, and trash all around them. A couple of people sleeping in the shaded nooks, with trash all around them. We decided to keep to the main path rather than the little scenic paths, since they were sleeping peacefully and we didn't want to disturb them. Some people hanging out, having breakfast, with trash all around them. There's a new altar type thing in the Haitien worship circle, but with trash all around it.
The Lakeside project seems to be gigantic, taking up 3-4 times the space of the old skating rink. And high up - do we really need this monstrous structure? It will be visible from everywhere. Even the sewage container looks big enough to house 5-6 families comfortably.
The statue of Abe Lincoln is now blocked by a fallen tree, and there's one down on the north side of the fence.
Meanwhile, the swan family is looking very content, munching on duckweed by the boathouse. Downed trees are being cut up and shredded as much as possible. I asked the woman on the team if she ever got to chainsaw, and she said yes. So glad to hear it, as I used to do a lot of chainsawing on the farm, Even taught my friend's son how to do it safely. I think women make safer chainsawers, since we're not afraid to admit we're tired and take a break. Tired chainsawers who don't admit it and take a break and lose legs, etc.
I'm a little concerned about an extremely drippy fire hydrant between Peninsula and Nethermead. Is this the high lake level or will it burst and waste water? Also, all the fencing around Nethermead is down . Guess the Michael Jackson concert is canceled.