Reader Mail: Shoprite park

8/14/2007:

Here we have 411 reader “-M-” making some observations about the mini ShopRite “park”:

“That Shop-Rite park that everyone makes fun of? What is up with it?

I had to park up there tonight. So I get out of the car and I was talking on my cell phone for a few minutes and it slowly catches up with me that the park is in rough shape. It looks like no one has been out there to maintain it in quite some time.

Just to give some examples, the plantings have started to grow out of their boxes and annex a few of the park benches. Around the edges the perimeter is covered in like an inch or so of sand piling up in drifts. There is graffiti on the chessboards, which don’t look like they’re being used for chess given the even dozen Heineken bottlecaps scattered on the ground.

There is a lot of trash and construction debris, maybe from the building next door. I was thinking it was storm debris, but some of it was stacked up, like a sheet of plywood was under an empty cannister of roofing tar.

What gives? Compared with the other parks in town, isn’t this one relatively new? Wasn’t this supposed to be the model of developer give-back? I know nobody uses it, but it seems the city has just . . . forgotten about it.

– M -“

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20 Comments on "Reader Mail: Shoprite park"


katie
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katie
8 years 8 months ago

Believe it or not, I have actually seen people playing Frisbee there. I have also seen people using the chess/checker boards. And people playing with their dogs there. However, the max amount of people I’ve seen in the park at one time is 2. And probably the total amount of times I’ve seen anybody in it is 6. But I’m not over there very frequently.

maxnbaci
Member
8 years 8 months ago

Between the guys working at that ugly Upper Grande Apartment eyesore on Jefferson, the Light Rail station on 9th, the Homeless living on the cliff, and the guys working at that Truck Depot, take your pick.

shutit
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shutit
8 years 8 months ago

[quote comment=”39119″]Question for you guys that live there; why did i see 4-5 large groups of guys crossing the parking lot from the NE to the SW. they all seemed to have backpacks or bags…it that a route to the light rail or something?[/quote]

They live in the park, be careful not to trip over them

Jay
Member
8 years 8 months ago

[quote comment=”39119″] Question for you guys that live there; why did i see 4-5 large groups of guys crossing the parking lot from the NE to the SW. they all seemed to have backpacks or bags…it that a route to the light rail or something?[/quote]

Probably terrorists.

strand tramp
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strand tramp
8 years 8 months ago
the landscape design and the use of materials is actually quite nice. if the builder of the shoprite was required to put this in, he did a very nice job and the residents in the area should be grateful. unfortunately it would be the property of the shoprite IMO, and it would be up to the store manager to pay for the upkeep of the “park”. you can appeal directly to the store manager…or contact the shoprite corporation…or volunteer to do the work yourself. i was actually looking at that little park on sunday when i came out of the… Read more »
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