Monday, August 20, 2012

"Return To Glory"

"There's rockets in the meadows and ships out on the sea,
The answer's in the forest carved upon a tree..."

~Gordon Lightfoot


MY FIRST EFFORTS AT COMMUNITY ACTIVISM BEGAN IN 1992 WHEN SEEMINGLY OVERNIGHT - CITY ATTORNEYS ACROSS THE SOUTHLAND HAD CLASSIC ROCKETSHIP TOWERS & SLIDES CUT DOWN AND REMOVED FROM NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS IN ORDER TO AVOID FALSELY PERCEIVED THREATS OF LEGAL ACTION IN CASE OF INJURY.

(THERE HAD NEVER BEEN ANY INJURY OR LAWSUIT IN THE 3 DECADES PRIOR - THIS WAS A PREEMPTIVE STRIKE AGAINST OUR PLAYGROUNDS.)

I IMMEDIATELY SPEARHEADED A COMBINATION OF PROTESTS, COMMUNITY MEETINGS, DRAWING CONTESTS, ICE CREAM SOCIALS & FUNDRAISERS THAT RESULTED IN THE ROCKET BEING:
A) RESTORED & REPLACED,
B) DECLARED A HISTORIC LANDMARK,
C) THE PARK ITSELF BEING OVERHAULED & UPGRADED.

PROCEEDS FROM MY RE-DEDICATION T-SHIRT SALES PAID FOR THE BRASS MARKER INSTALLED BY THE LOCAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

THE ROCKETSHIP IS NOW SAFE FOREVER.








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