It’s already May 22nd and yet the gates to Raymore Park are left wide open every night. This despite a call to 311 last week.
May 20th was the Victoria Day holiday. Because the gates were left open, a group of people held a fireworks party on the grass by the parking lot.
Every year it’s the same. Surely the date cannot come by surprise? Gimme the friggin’ key and I’ll lock it up.
Postscript: As of early June, the park is being locked up regularly but interestingly it re-opens between 3 and 4 a.m.
Earlier on the 20th, a young deer ambled down through the park quite unconcerned with the large numbers of people. A few people stopped to watch before it disappeared into the sumac behind the unused ball diamonds.
Fortunately there were no dogs on the loose – like this one that is allowed to chase park wildlife.
On a further seasonal note, mosquitoes are back. The woods at the bottom of the park are home to some of the most aggressive bugs known to humanity. They managed to give me a matching welt on each arm.
Lastly, some fungus caught my eye. It’s a type of bracket fungus commonly named Turkey Tail. It breaks down dead and diseased wood.