Feeling shortchanged on fun

To the Editor:

I am sending this letter to you because there are a few issues I’d like to address; I would like my opinions to be heard. I feel like there isn’t enough to do in Ridgecrest for families with young children. Most people would agree that it would be very nice to have something to do other than going to our local parks, to the cinema or bowling.

As you know here in Ridgecrest we have three public parks, which I take my children to all the time, and I do feel that they are nice parks, but there are still some issues. Taking children to the park in Ridgecrest during the summertime can really be a challenge because of the heat, and there aren’t a lot of shaded areas over the play equipment.

I’ve also found that people take their dogs to the park and let them off the leash, and I don’t feel safe with that. I usually have to leave when a situation like that occurs, and I really wish there was more enforcement with that type of thing. There are also a lot of glass and cigarette butts and trash in the sand at the parks, I usually try and pick up as much as I can but this wouldn’t be a problem if the parks were maintained just a little bit better. After you’ve had so many park trips, it would really be nice to be able to do something else once in a while besides going to the cinemas or going bowling.

I think there should be some sort of business here in Ridgecrest that is family- and kid-friendly to any age child. I hope someday there is a place like that, I really feel like that would keep kids out of trouble and also create memories and stimulate the minds of children in a different way than school does. It would be amazing if in this place there was learning stations and activity stations and a place to eat. I can’t personally bring something like this into Ridgecrest, but I hope someday it happens so that our city can be just a little more fun on the weekends for all families. I would like to hear your thoughts on a possibility like this.

Marissa Dahl Bowers

Story First Published: 2013-10-16