We lament the loss of green space to urban sprawl in the major cities where, increasingly, more of us live.
We talk about the importance to the planet of oxygen-producing trees and how the destruction of forests is so terrible.
We whine about living in concrete jungles, those of us that do.
Well, I rode out on my bike to my closest nearby sizeable green space last Saturday (CORRECTION--SUNDAY!).
It's called King's Park (we're still SO colonial).
Pic No. 1 below is a Google Earth image of the park itself. Pic No. 2 is a Google image from farther away, with the little yellow pin marker on the left showing where I live.
It's about a 15-minute bike ride.
It's a gorgeous expanse of green. It's beautiful, it really is. Winnipeg has many beautiful green spaces and parks. But aside from one or two of those parks, I always come away from them thinking the same thing.
Only minutes from this greenery sit houses row on row, barely 15 feet apart. As urban neighbourhoods go, it's great...mature trees, not far from the Red River.
But all of the pix I'm showing here with people in them are pretty much the only people I saw on a sunny, warm Saturday summer afternoon.
There was one group flying kites. There could be hundreds.
Hey, people are going to do what they want.
Meanwhile, though, the rivers and streams and trees and huge stretches of grass that are set aside for our public enjoyment just beckon us to be with them, and in large part, it seems, we ignore them.