Friday, 12 July 2013

FMTSO/FF/SSS: Waiting to Play

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They’re building a new playground in the Town Park.

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For now it is surrounded by a fence…

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… and the children have to play elsewhere :)

Hopefully it will be worth the wait, though. Children all over town were involved in the planning of it; there was a sort of contest and school children got to vote for one of three alternatives. It was arranged in a similar way to political elections.

PS. The sculpture in the last photo is not new, it has been in the park for decades I think. But it has got a new plinth!

PPS. If someone is wondering about the low activity level on this blog lately, the answer is the same as to why they’re taking a pause in the building of the playground: It’s July! In Sweden, every activity that is not absolutely necessary (or tourist-related) takes a break in July…

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14 comments:

  1. what an exceptional idea, having the children help plan a play area! I wish those who built classrooms would have considered having teachers' input.
    what smart people you Swedes are, the nation's citizens actually taking time off to enjoy life! too many in the USA seem to think everyone should work 12-16 hours a day 7 days a week. yikes!

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    1. Norma, in the past it was common for many factories in Sweden to shut down production altogether in July. That has changed with modern economy but people with a steady job are entitled by law to five weeks holidays a year and usually four consecutive weeks between mid June and mid August (which is also when the schools are closed). This means a lot of the people working in the summer are temporary staff and often young people who go to school the rest of the year... You have to be lucky to find some regular staff who "know what they're doing" (half joking here but there is some truth to it).

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  2. Well, I HAD been wondering why you weren't posting on your other blog! But thanks for addressing that, as long as you are outside taking pictures for us, it is O.K.! Is this the big empty spot that we had been wondering about? The green hanging things look like giant bird houses. It will be interesting to see the progress...do the children have any place else to play for now?

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    1. No Ginny, the spot I think you mean now houses the town's electricity/cable companies (and all its vehicles) (and that's not in the city centre but close to a small park in the other direction from where I live, kind of on the outskirts of the city) This one was a playground before too, it's just going to be updated and more modern now. It's in the "central park" and for everyone or anyone, not just those who live nearby.

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  3. things are slow here in July, that is when most people take their vacations and travel. the gym we go to is almost empty this week.... love that statue of the kids on the see saw or teeter totter or whatever you might call it.

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  4. The last photo of the sculpture is unique and beautiful! Sounds as if it may be a centre piece for the new children's area! And at least the new temporary fence line still allows all the colour of the old playground to be seen!

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  5. The children would be enjoying playing in the new playground soon!

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  6. http://www.takepart.com/photos/earth-pictures-landsat-satellite?cmpid=tp-ad-outbrain-general/gotland-sweden

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    1. I've been to Gotland, but only once, and it was 47 years ago! (I can hardly believe myself when I say things like that - that something was nearly fifty years ago, I mean...)

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    3. time is relative. relative to what you have done with the time. I can remember thinking I have been cooking for 30 years.... now it has been 50 - time has no master. Ummm maybe it is time to make chocolate chip cookies.... time stands still....sorry too much coffee this morning.
      loved the fun waiting - surrounded by a fence... great story.

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  7. Nice to have the beautiful sculpture of the children playing beside the new playground. I look forward to seeing what the children came up with in their plan. Brilliant idea to involve them in the planning!

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  8. It will be exciting to see when the fence comes down!

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  9. How sensible to have a break in July. I wonder if we can get it instituted here?

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