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SAU Playground: An Anonymous Opinion from a Concerned Student

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Posted: Monday, November 6, 2017 4:55 pm

On July 1, 2016, a video was uploaded to YouTube—which eventually circulated on Facebook—to start a community playground on campus. The video depicts children so bored, sitting by the duck pond. There are at least two other parks in town that have a walking trail and even a State Park in our back yard where that our youth can be educated, AND get some exercise in.  Now, I understand that SAU is family oriented university, but really? A playground? That is placed right next to a disc golf basket where children can get hit in the head? Not the smartest choice. On another note, I’ve noticed that some marching band members practice by the pond. They’re usually drummers that are playing loudly! This can cause problems for the children’s ears, if they’re not wearing proper protection. Now, I know what you’re thinking “why don’t they practice somewhere else?” Well, have you seen the growth of that band. Since I’ve been here it seems to get bigger and bigger! I’m sure they practice out there because there isn’t enough practice space inside! Whether or not they practice there is irrelevant now considering that football season is coming to a close. The next question would be, “Are college kids allowed on it?” If not, who’s going to stop them?

Whether this was funded by alumni, the university itself, or even the city, why not try and make this investment at least somewhat beneficial to the college students/future investors of this beautiful, and growing college town? There were some comments on the social media platform that were in favor of the idea that were along the lines of “This is good! We should be concentrating on more projects like this instead of bars or clubs for the college students.” Ummm… what? There is a lot of old money in this town, and with old money comes senior citizens, and with senior citizens comes closed minded ideas. Its 2017, and we barely got two bars—that aren’t all the great, besides the food, in my opinion—that have received back lash! It’s upsetting that there is more priority in building a park for children—that would most likely be unsupervised while parents walked the two-and-a-half-mile long farm road—than something to do in town.

 This comes down to a phrase we’ve all heard at one point or another “You’re there to get an education, not to have fun!” It’s nothing new, we’ve all heard at one point or another. From our parents, to people we meet in town, there’s no denying that it’s been said. However, where is that sense of relief, that one place to breathe from all the stress that a college campus entails? That one club, that one movie theater, that we can all go to forget for a minute? This town receives so much revenue during the college school year that it amazes me that some of the chain restaurants close at 11 instead of 24/7 hours like you’d see in another town!

All in all, I find the playground to be another ridiculous and unsatisfying investment for any college student. Even if we’re not allowed to “play” on it, you better bet your bottom dollar that you’ll see a student playing there. We’re all still kids at heart, right? 



How do you feel about the playground? Are you a student, alumni, etc.? Let us know by submitting a Letter to the Editor at thebraysau@gmail.com




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