What This Town Needs
A Real Definition Of The Words "City Park"
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This section of the website is a place where I stand on my virtual soapbox and proclaim my personal opinions on issues that I see of importance to the City of Los Banos and our community in general. I usually take the "What This Town Needs" articles seriously. This article is offered in a significantly more tongue-in-cheek manner.
We have just completed touring each and every park in the City Of Los Banos California in order to provide visitors to the OurLosBanos.com website a wonderful resource which describes every park in the city and provides visitors with photographs and salient descriptions of the equipment, amenities, and facilities offered at each park in Los Banos. In doing so, we came to the conclusion that became the thesis of this What This Town Needs article:
What this town REALLY NEEDS is a GOOD DEFINITION of the words "CITY PARK"!
That's right! I maintain that our city miserably lacks a good practical definition of the simple concept of "city park"! Our city appears to simply not comprehend what is understood by the average citizen when the words "city park" are attached to a spot of land. What a shame! What a crime!
I'm sure by this point you are wondering just how much alcohol I had consumed before I started penning this missive. I assure you I was not drunk and that though this diatribe is a bit peculiar I never have driven a keyboard drunk nor mixed alcohol and Internet publishing!
Let me ask you a question.... What comes to your mind when someone says "Let's take the kids to the park"? Do you see sandboxes, bright shiny play equipment, swingsets , and soccer fields to run around in? Do you see a place for the family to spend hours lounging, perhaps having a barbecue and going roller skating? That is what we envision when we hear the words "city park"! If you share this vision of city parks then be prepared!! Abject disappointment might be just around the corner for those who are not intimately familiar with some of the so-called parks in Los Banos!
The official City Of Los Banos website proudly proclaims on their parks page: "The Parks and Facilities Division maintains and operates the City's approximately 125+ acres of parks, open space, and landscape areas". The city then lists 37 places as 'parks' on their website. References to these numbers appear in everything from the mayor's 'State of The City' speeches to the information the Chamber of Commerce provides to folks coming into town.
But our secret investigation in the City of Los Banos has determined that "37 parks" is a BIG GOVERNMENT LIE, a CONSPIRACY, and a DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN of the most vile sort - the likes of which have not practiced since the fall of the iron curtain!
The following pieces of real estate have somehow been deemed by the powers that be as to be worthy of the title: "Los Banos City Parks"... we don't think so! You be the judge!
So again I ask the question. Are these really PARKS in the truest sense of the word?
No indeed, I think the evidence points to the fact that not every 'park' in Los Banos is indeed a 'park'. Perhaps there is some legal definition that lets us get massive federal grants or somesuch for these places, but if you are looking for the quintessential 'park city USA' park...
Well I will leave it to you to draw your own conclusions!
-----------------------> In seriousness:
While there are a very few examples of parks in the city that are run down OR need to have equipment updated or replaced such as: Catholic Park, Cresthills Park, or JoLin Park Los Banos really does do VERY well overall in this regard and we have seen examples in town of absolutely superior places to enjoy an afternoon out with the family. In our opinion some of the absolute best parks in town are Medowlands park III and Gardens park 5 These are REAL parks and have wonderful facilities and equipment where families can enjoy the day. The anomalies that I featured in my five silly 'exhibits' above are the only examples of "parks that are not parks" in this town. Finding them defined as 'parks' struck me as truly humorous and it is my hope that this article has struck you in the same way as it was penned - that is in a humorous vein.
If you would like more detailed (and serious) information on the parks in Los Banos please visit the Los Banos Parks section of this website for a detailed and well photographed description of every park in the City of Los Banos as well as a list of amenities and facilities offered at each. In addition there are maps and comparative charts which will help you select exactly the right park venue for a day out, party, or gathering.
Do you have an opinion on the parks that are not parks in Los Banos? Do you have an opinion on this article? Please feel to share your polite opinions in our Los Banos Forums Section!
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