Every generation creates their own ways to amuse themselves, especially when it comes to recreation. As a kid playing outdoors my single speed bicycle was a designated "all terrain vehicle." This first bike was a basic Sears model that I sported up by adding bright orange plastic streamers to the handlebars. To be really cool, I put old playing cards held in place by clothes pins, right next to the back wheel spokes, creating a motor sound. Today, I still can remember the feelings of riding alone on my bike really far from home or going with friends to a mysterious and unknown destination.
At the Blaine Skate Park this new world of play is attached to a myriad of wheels that are soaring through the air with the greatest of ease. This kid haven still under construction is home to bicycles with special brackets for balancing, skateboards of all styles, colors and shapes and roller blades with the latest aerodynamic look. All are seen speeding up and down the completed ramps. When asked what is so special about this park the kids say, "it is all about personal freedom, this is the only place where we can do exactly what we want to do with no one here to boss us around."
When we reach out and embrace our neighbors we see pictures that enhance everyday life in our own international community.