In response to Laura Smith's cry for help,et me just say that no, I don't live in Payson, so therefore I wasn't present at the Trunk or Treat. You havevery right to question the parks and recreation department'sgesture" of the aforementioned activity.
In fact, I too had wondered about the so-called programs that offered "something for everyone," as the department has stated recently and even more than 10 years ago, when I was a resident. However, there is a fine line between constructive criticism and complaining.
I resided in Payson for 17 years. I still have friends and family in Payson, and I resent the implication that I should keep my mouth shut and mind my own business just because I don't live there any more.
I have worked in the parks and recreation departments in both Payson and Flagstaff, as well as in several cities in northern California. I have also served on the Payson Parks and Recreation Board. I can tell you from experience that, while not perfect, theepartment is doing the best they possibly can with the resources and staff available. City-sponsored recreation programs provide quite a bit for the very little they receive to support them. I will defend them because I know personally the challenges they face.
Unfortunately, unless more people speak up and step up to help, not much will change.
Voluntarily standing in freezing temperatures for two hoursith your son for some candy doesn't make any sense. But, perhaps you can do more than you think. More than just writing a letter to the paper.
Your suggestions for alternative activities are a great start.Maybe you could serve on the parks and recreation board. Then you could find out what it takes to turn those ideas into realities.
If you can take the time to write a letter, you can spare the same amount of time to make some phone calls. Don't underestimate yourself. Please try to look for the positive. I know it can be hard these days, but as the saying goes, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
Wendy Pederson, Washington