Villager photo by Elisabeth Robert
To the mounds!
Children and parents scaled the storm fencing around the mounds in Washington Sq. Park two weekends ago to protest the Parks Departments failure to include the dilapidated, enigmatic play hills in the parks renovation, to start at summers end. Packing chalk, they wrote, Save The Mounds, We Love Them, on one of the three, 6-foot-tall nubs, and rolled balls and toy cars up and down the hills sides. A Park Enforcement Patrol officer appeared and told the group they would be arrested if they didnt move off the mounds; the parents said they were prepared to get arrested, and held their ground and their mounds defiantly for some time until finally being persuaded to leave. The area with the mounds the last remnants of an adventure playground from the parks last renovation in 1969 is not included in phase one of the parks two-year refurbishment plan. The parents say two years ago, Parks promised they would repair, resurface and reopen the mounds Downtowns only hills and a favorite toddler winter sledding spot but now plan to bulldoze them. Parks plans a new adventure-type playground for adolescents at the site.