Last Friday, early evening, I took my 3-year-old grandson over to Ralston Central Park to perhaps cool off and have some play time. The splash pad was a bit much for him, so he headed over to the …
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Last Friday, early evening, I took my 3-year-old grandson over to Ralston Central Park to perhaps cool off and have some play time. The splash pad was a bit much for him, so he headed over to the playgrounds, starting with the smaller one in the middle.It was very busy, crowded with an assortment of children ranging in age from 2 up to 10 or so. I stayed pretty close; he is small for his age and not aggressive. I would like to describe what I saw over the course of an hour or so there.He did not need my oversight. I saw children enjoying themselves, but treating each other and the equipment with respect. I saw EVERYONE taking turns. I saw cooperation, and sharing among strangers. In particular, I was deeply impressed with the older children present; they were protective and helpful towards the young ones. I saw young men and women who stepped in if it appeared advantage was being taken. I saw a young man mediate fair use and respectful discourse with others he obviously did not know well.More than one young woman took my grandson’s hand helping him climb and speed down the slides.So, a shout out and public thank you to those children, their parents and teachers. You made our evening, and my weekend, a delight, and I am smiling still. Bravo, Arvada kids, what an impressive group.Cathy Griffith,Arvada
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