So here we are, on one of the hottest days of the summer, and the Bala Avenue Playground is closed. That's right. Closed, at least partially, with barricades that block the entrance, orange fencing everywhere, a big dumpster in the middle, and a large piece of construction equipment takes up even more room.
I asked the head of Parks and Recreation, Lindsay Taylor, about the timing of this construction project to add walkways to the playground. In an email, specifically, why this was scheduled for the first weeks after school was closed. The email response said that the Bala Avenue Playground is well used all year round, with heavy use by Day Care Centers and the French School during the school year.
I questioned their tax paying status and was told by a snide email that the playground was open to all people, not only Lower Merion taxpayers.
I'm still outraged that preference was not given to LM residents' use during the summertime.
Do you think it's time for a change in Parks and Recreation management?