Roxhill Park (known by many as the Castle Park) is a fixture of the Westwood and Roxhill communities. It all started in 1955 at Roxhill Elementary, where the Roxhill Community Club pitched in and bought playground equipment for the kids. That was very nice of them. In 1960, the Westwood Village development gifted the city a large parcel of land. That was very nice of them. In 1995, the business community stepped up again, and built the play area we have today. That was very nice of them.
It’s our turn now.
The Castle Park is at end of life, and cool as it is, it isn’t ADA accessible. The Parks department mulled a number of ideas for play structures that frankly, looked like every other play structure in town. During the last of the community meetings on this project, some folks came forward and asked if there was not a way to save the character of this park? Yes, but…
You have to build it.
We now have an amazing opportunity. This play structure can be rebuilt. It will be built by hand, with saws and hammers, nails and screws, and a whole lot of community. We have the chance to save an iconic place, and to rescue one park at least from a generic play experience. We have the gift of being able to watch children play here and say “I built this”. We have the chance to do something meaningful. This place matters.
I hope you’ll join me.