Bandshell rededication

The Karl L King Bandshell was built in the 1920's, fell in to ruin over the last few decades, and the city finally got the motivation to raise the funds to rebuild and improve the original structure. The last time my husband played here, our two older children hung onto a rickety fence around the front of the bandshell jumping up and down and cheering. I think they were 4 and 2. Today there is bright blue water flowing through the original fountains that are working for the first time since before I was born. (So very, very long ago.)

The crowd was amazing, and I was happy to see not only handfuls of hybrids parked along the drive and on the lawn, but also on the way to the park! Here is the very first Ford Escape hybrid I've actually seen driving around on the road (needless to say, I don't live in a very populated area).

My husband noticed me taking the pic and sped away before I could start asking the driver questions (and wasting all that gas, tsk tsk). He was right to do it though. I was seconds away from knocking on the guy's window.

The ceremony was lovely, but the kids weren't really into the band music with a brand new park sitting right across the way. We bailed and headed to the new Olson Park splash pad and equipment area.

Can you say, "Disappointed"? I am so upset with the equipment choices they made. I want to smack someone and demand to know what they were thinking ... but what would that do except land me in prison? :p The equipment is no replacement for the Monster. This park used to be a meeting place in Fort Dodge for families coming in from out of town, but no longer. Many parents were complaining and the kids (they provide the real litmus test, don't they?) only wanted to play a few minutes. They'd scramble around the Monster for HOURS.

I was pleasantly surprised by the splash pad, which is free and open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Still wish there was a lazy river of some kind, but I guess you can't have everything. We finished the day out with lots of visits with the animals, and went home to have a happy night.