After this visit to Commons Park, I left with a somewhat good feeling in my stomach. Instead of approaching the park with an unsettling feeling, it felt different this time. The fall season has done wonders to the park. The leaves and plants look pretty with the change of color and surprisingly the park was decently clean. I slightly bashed the park for its dirtiness in my previous posts, but maybe I was giving it a slightly bad rep. Who knows, I could’ve been going at the wrong time all along or I came at just the right time this past visit. This concludes, however, that their are sustainability efforts to protect this park from our pollution spreading species.
Furthermore on sustainability, the park’s flora and funa are very well sustained for the most part. The trees and plants around the parks exterior flow rustle and look magnificent in the Colorado air, indicating they seem to be healthy. Around the park, also, they’re are some younger trees beginning to grow showing that their are current efforts to grow more trees. This could possibly improve the air quality at the park due to the surrounding urban area. When I headed down to the South Platte River at the west end of the park, the scene was not as pretty. There still remains trash caught in the tall grass by the rivers banks. A lot of the wildlife is trampled down and looks less nourished than the wildlife in the main park. I have noticed this before, but there is also a drain connected to the river. This drain pumps some kind of liquid into the river. Hopefully, this drain is rain water but the water that surrounded the drain was semi bubbly and looked very suspicious. Overall, one could notice efforts are in place to keep this area clean, but the efforts are not enough.
One must work to sustain this park because everything in the park is interconnected. Without some luscious green grass, there would be few plants and trees, a dust bowl and little to no wildlife in the area. Without the plants and flowers there would be no bees buzzing around. Without the trees there would be no nuts for the squirrels to eat. Without the river, there would be no water for the ducks to swim in. Everything in the park must be connected for the park to function as a park. If one thing is off in the park, for example if there were few trees, then there would be no park. The trees are very essential to the area, just as every other aspect is just as important for there to be a functioning park. Overall, without one aspect of this park and without sustainability efforts, there would be no Commons Park.
1. What is the strongest entry in the site journal? Why?
2. What did you enjoy about this assignment? Why?
3. What was difficult or challenging about the assignment? What could be improved in your site journal, or what do you wish you had done differently?
4. How did you synthesize your entries as you completed the final version of the site journal?
5. What risks – in the writing, images, ideas – did you take in the site journal?
6. What did you learn about your site and about nature writing by completing the site journal?
1. The strongest entry in this site journal is my is my third post “Careless Commons”. This entry was supposed to connect our readings and what we have learned in class to our site I thought I had very good examples of how the park relates to the course material for example, I described a scene where cops were just watching illegal activity take place like how they did in “Uncle Tom’s Children”.
2. My favorite part about this assignment was the fact this is an assignment. The assignment in general is very hands on and different than any kind of assignment I had before. I enjoyed being able to venture downtown and sit in the park. I enjoyed the fact that I was doing work while relaxing in the sun
3. The challenging part of this assignment is making time to get to my site because it is a light rail ride away. Additionally, I am on the DU baseball team and we play all of our games on weekends, so it makes it tough to make it out to the site. I wish I would’ve choose a different and closer spot and I wish I wrote more of my material at the actual park because it’s easy to reference the park when you are actually there.
4. I have not yet synthesized my site journals but I plan on adding to each paragraph to extend my word count. I a, also going to add more personal stories at the park than just describing the park itself. I feel stories will also keep the reader much more engaged. Also, need to work on more casual language in my entries.
5. I took the risk of bashing Commons Park in most of my entires. I seemed to mostly focus on what’s wrong with the park instead of what’s right or beautiful about the park. I also took the risk of not taking nearly enough photos.
6. I learned that cit parks are pretty gross and not a good representation of the way nature should be. However, it is a good representation on how poorly we treat the nature around us and the environment. I also learned nature writing is a lot more difficult to put your thoughts together than nature poetry.