More Community Play Parks

A Peacemaking Project by Caitlin P.

What is the injustice we are solving?

The Atlantis play park has been shut down for repairs and that leaves younger children without a play park to go to. I would like there to be more play parks in the community in case something ever happened like this again.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of To overcome a limited amount of play parks I feel like more should be built
we will address Where and how it can be built and if the council can back us up
by By asking if the council can take our side and ask the government for help (preferably with funding)

Comments:

Amy T. Peace First Staff
9 July 2018 14:07

Hi Caitlin!

Thanks so much for posting this project! I love how you are tackling the important issue of the lack of public amenities for families in your community. I’m a member of the Peace First team and as part of the process of completing peacemaking projects, Peace First staff gives formal feedback on important steps of your project. One of those steps is the compassionate insight.

I love the insight that you have here! It’s great to see how you identified the necessity of public playgrounds/parks in a community for families with children especially. I agree completely that parents shouldn’t have to worry about having nowhere to bring their children to. Children should definitely be able to go outside whenever they want to and have a free place to hang out at!

Although I can understand your thinking, I would encourage you to rewrite the first two parts of your compassionate insight to make it clearer! For the first part, we’re looking for you to articulate the specific injustice that you want to address, which I assume is the lack of public parks in your community. (Our Choose tools can help if you need a bit more info on how to articulate the injustice: https://www.peacefirst.org/choose-injustice). I definitely agree that a possible solution is to have more built and that could go into the action part of your compassionate insight!

The second part is where we ask you to consider the root causes of the injustice. Why do you think there is only one public park in your community? Are there not enough funds to build another one, or are the city’s funds mostly going towards another sector? How do you plan on meeting with council members to talk about your plans for allocating future funds? Who do you plan to raise awareness to and how?

I hope this is helpful! I would love to hear your thoughts on these questions, and hopefully get a clearer understanding of the injustice. What you’re doing here is amazing and I hope you can talk to more people who are affected by this problem and possibly people who are behind it, to get their perspective. Please let us know how else we can support you through your extraordinary work. Thanks again, I’m excited to see what you think! :)

Best,
Amy  

Amy T. Peace First Staff
19 July 2018 10:23

Hi Caitlin,

I hope you're doing well! This is just a reminder of the project deadlines to be on track for our UK Challenge.

Submit Project Plan by 17th August
Submit Mini-Grant Application by 31st August
Submit Reflection by 31st October

You’ve done incredible work so far; please let us know if we can support if you in any way!

Thanks,
Amy  

Deva J.
30 July 2018 1:14

Hi Caitlin - I love this project! Play is so important in the lives of children, and I'm glad you're working to make sure more kids can play in safe places.  

Adrian B. Peace First Staff
15 August 2018 9:47

Hi Caitlin,

How's your project going? Let us know how we can support your work!

Warmly,
Adrian  

Adrian B. Peace First Staff
27 August 2018 15:53

Hi Caitlin,

Hi Shelly,

I hope that you're doing well. I wanted to check in and encourage you to complete your project plan soon--the mini-grant application is due at the end of the week to be part of the current UK challenge, and we'd love for you to be a part of it!

Let me know if you have any questions, or if we can help with this process. Looking forward to seeing what's next for your work!

Warmly,
Adrian