Thursday, May 31, 2012
Jonathan Hotel is now open, it's been open for five days, and it's beautiful!
Let's hope this venture endures! Good luck and god speed!
Update in July: The Hotel seems to have liked our photos. Check out the header on their web page. Would have been courteous to acknowledge this post and request use, but, glad it's of use....
Sunday, May 6, 2012
The other really terrific Children's Day event in which we participated last weekend was a huge festival for local kids from the more marginalized neighborhoods of town. It was held at the Canchas Juarez on Sunday. (I already posted about the terrific opening of the Marco Polo Park last Monday, which was Children's Day here in Mexico.)
The event was organized by a long list of local grassroots organizations, and sponsored by a large number of local businesses. About 1500 kids had a really terrific time; an amazing turnout for a first-time-ever event, I thought. I was so proud to be involved. There were so many giggles and delighted faces.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The Grand Opening of the Marco Polo Park in Fraccionamiento La Campiña was this week, in commemoration of Children's Day, and what a pride and joy to our local community it is! Huge kudos to everyone involved!
The first park of its kind in the state, there is hope that it's success will spur the building of more parks with handicap-accessible play equipment throughout Mexico.
With the cooperation of Rotary Club members and their wives, the land on which to build the park was secured. Several Rotary Presidents traveled north to Tucson and other places, visiting Rotary chapters to try to obtain funding to build the park. In the end, the park was funded locally, with municipal, state and federal government support, and many private companies from Mazatlán funding the manufacture of the special play equipment.
Leti Alvarado Fuentes assigned her architecture students a project: adapt common park play equipment so that special needs kids can use it and enjoy it. They did a terrific job. Then Jorge Medina, our resident iron work professional, found a gentleman who could manufacture the play equipment. And, oilá, Parque Marco Polo was born! The swing holds a wheelchair securely. The slide accommodates two people going down at once: one to hold the other safely. And the teeter-totter also accommodates two people: one to sit in back and hold the person in front. The merry-go-round wasn't yet functional this week, so we have something to look forward to!
Below are two video clips. The first is television news coverage of the inaugural event, and the second is the early park animation that the Rotary Club used to attract donations.
If you are interested, here is a link to a newspaper story about the inauguration.
Finally, here are a few vocabulary words I learned, since I don't hang out in too many children's parks these days.
- The play equipment in the park is just called juegos.
- The merry-go-round is the carosel. Easy enough!
- The teeter-totter (some call it a seesaw) is the sube y baja. Also easy enough, but more fun in English I dare say, lol.
- The slide is the resbaladilla.
- And, drum roll please, the most important piece of park play equipment, the swing: columpio!
Hearty congratulations to all those involved in this park! Now children can play alongside one another regardless of ability, creating an equality of joy! I do hope that many more parks of this type might be built, throughout our state and country, providing more access to all children.