Sunday, July 6, 2008

Sunday Morning in the Park

One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is to take a morning walk in Sunset Park. By the time I get there, events are already in full swing. The basketball courts are full, the sitting area overlooking the East River is busy with taped music, live singing, fan dancing, waltzing, and sword dancing. The playground has children swinging and adults stretching and exercising.

The bench promenade hosts relaxation of various forms including newspaper readers, pigeon feeders, loving couples, and yes, the overnight sleepers.

The central field, usually used for soccer, has off-leash dogs frolicking with their owners (and the occasional dog moocher).

The 7th Avenue side of the park is busy as well, but in a different way. Staff readies the Rec Center area for pool time. Community Service "recruits" slowly follow-the-leader to their assignments. Picnic tables are already being held in reserve with tablecloths and bags of food for parties later on. And those of us doing the loops around the park smile and nod as we pass each other for the second (or third) time.

The 5th Avenue side of the park is home to some newish flowering plants; while the roses came and went quickly, the hardier plants are still around. Both intentional and wild flowering plants decorate the slope of the park. I'm waiting for the taller flowers to bloom, but today had a couple of photo opportunities.

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