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David / August 23, 2010 8:35 AM

There's more grassy field than anyone could ever use in the park closest to me. It's always seemed like a waste to have that much unused grass sitting around, so I'd add more trees and another nature area. The idea being the new space would create a reason for people to actually enjoy the park as a park rather than as a sterile lawn.

y a j / August 23, 2010 9:14 AM

Make part of the park a dog park.

renee / August 23, 2010 9:29 AM

I would add fruit trees and edible plants.

Texas T / August 23, 2010 11:13 AM

I'd update the playground equipment to make sure there's no arsenic-treated wood. How the heck did we survive our childhood?

Cheryl / August 23, 2010 11:38 AM

I'd make it a gang-free zone.

HB / August 23, 2010 11:58 AM

Would have every park (or as many as possible) include community gardening plots. These are very hard to find in the city, but would be welcome, either as a way for citizens to grow their own produce, or could be used to provide soup kitchens/shelters with fresh produce, etc. Gardens have multiple levels of health benefits.

eee / August 23, 2010 12:16 PM

I'd get rid of the damn Canadian geese that crap everywhere.

A. Lewellen / August 23, 2010 2:22 PM

Stockades for litterers and people who don't pick up after their dogs. Which reminds me I looked out my living room window this past weekend and saw a woman looking around nervously then noticed her dog was making on the lawn. When her pooch was done she just walked off like nothing happened. This really bothered me. Then I happened to look out the window about twenty minutes later and saw another completely unrelated woman and dog walk past the same spot and this woman saw the dog mess (that her dog did not make) pulled a plastic bag out of her pocket and picked it up. Is that normal? Do dog owners pick up other dogs business?

Christopher J / August 23, 2010 2:35 PM

Just less shootings and SWAT-team style arrests in general.

Stevland Morris / August 23, 2010 3:05 PM

I'd ask the newly arrived to stop screaming out all their conversations with each other and to clean up their own mess after little league games.

Dennis FRitz / August 23, 2010 3:33 PM

Do may best to make sure it never, ever becomes a @#$% dog park.

KT / August 23, 2010 4:39 PM

People need to learn to stop using such ridiculous amounts of lighter fluid on their grills. I live near a beach / park, where the air is nauseating on summer weekend days.

Charlie D. / August 23, 2010 5:30 PM

Make it a Cat Park.

Mike / August 23, 2010 7:58 PM

The dog people (responsible, self-policing) at the park across from me keep it from being taken over by gangbangers. I wouldn't change a thing. A few years ago a friend of mine was involved in an effort to get a small dog run put in at Winnemac Park. Most of the people against it were nutjobs who hated dogs and yuppies.

Spook / August 24, 2010 12:03 AM

I'd appoint Mike/August 23,2010 7.58Pm, to make my park( and then every other park) dog friendly while turning all empty city lots( starting with the one across the street from me) mini dog parks.

Because Mike/August 23,2010 7.58Pm, is totally on to the fact that dog people are able to keep areas free and clear of gang!

Yes, between salary, benefits, and creating business cards, that read
"Mike/August 23,2010 7.58Pm" would be expensive. But the fact that street gang have multiplied faster than Norway rats,
and Daley refuses to hire more cops, and yall continue to reelect him, I say appointing, Mike/August 23,2010 7.58Pm, to the position of Dog Space Czar makes sense!

Dennis Fritz / August 24, 2010 6:43 AM

Let's please stop talking about dog owners like they are some better class of people than the rest of us. They aren't. This business of how dog owners are "saving" the parks from "gangbangers" is just such crap. And I hear this BS all the time.

Mike / August 24, 2010 9:26 AM

Whatever. Read the poll question again ... it's about the park closest to your home. There are plenty of jerks who have dogs. I was only using the park near me as an example. I never said they're a "better class of people" or that they're "saving the parks." When I walk by my park at 1:00 a.m., I'm glad there are a few people out and about. I could care less if they're walking dogs or rabbits or llamas. I'm going to spearhead an effort to get a meerkat park put in. Those things are cool.

PMan / August 24, 2010 11:44 PM

Make it much bigger. It's pretty small. Tennis courts (but I don't play), and a basketball court are most of it. The basketball court is dominated by, as My Cousin Vinnie says, utes.

printdude / August 25, 2010 3:57 AM

I'd like to see them put in a WiffleBall® Stadium in that park.
With Lights.
That's what I want.

Rich / August 25, 2010 12:27 PM

How would I improve the park closest to my home?

I'd get rid of the fucking kids, man. They are loud and obnoxious!

ktr / August 26, 2010 7:09 PM

i'd get rid of the hypodermics and syringes.

Ken / August 26, 2010 8:29 PM

Get rid of the coyotes. Seriously. And the geese. They shit like crazy.

Denver sucks.

Katie / August 27, 2010 11:29 AM

We have an empty lot adjacent to our building (the old building was torn down; the new builders pulled out).

For awhile, people in my building were turning it into a little art garden - made sculptures out of the rubble, donated old furniture for seats, tossed seeds around into the dirt. Grills got pulled out on weekends, and it was generally just an awesome place to hang out and meet people who lived on our street.

Then, somebody complained about the "damned hippies", and whoever owned the lot put up a fence and covered it with boards.

Now, the only people who really have access to that space anymore have filled it up with graffiti and gang tags.

So sad.

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