Why do we like Parks? Probably for the same reasons you do. Each day we work seems to get faster. Each task at hand seems that much harder. Our toughness is constantly being challenged. Our mental fortitude always getting pushed to the limits. It seems you’ve got to wake up every day with a smile on your face, ready to greet your own personal war of attrition. We have the newest baubles with bells and whistles, rings and tones, tweets and blurbs, memes and microphones - and everyone’s on a pedestal promoting their latest new invention to get you to do things faster – faster, because we don’t have enough time! But enough time for what? Enough time to do the things we want to do? Or enough time to be doing the things which everyone is telling us we ought to?
It might only be about this time that you come to, and see it. Maybe you’re on your lunch break, cramming down the fast food as you walk hurriedly down the street. Maybe you’re brown baggin’ it, because this time – this time, you just can’t sit and listen to the hum of the halogens in your cubicle for one. more. minute.
It could only be a small patch of green, a sprinkling of trees, a smattering of shrubs, a sparse slate of green grass. Maybe it’s just a single ray of sun washing out over this, or any, little oasis; right in the midst of the rabble and the rubble, the concrete towers, and the low rise mountains, the condo caverns, and the subdivision plains. But these small spits of salvation call to us – away from our screens and our monitors, our 140 characters, and our pre-packaged individuality, and remind us of something that belongs not to someone, but something that only we alone can make and manifest. And doesn’t that just start to feel darn good?
So whether it’s a park bench and a tuna melt on your 15, or your black earth stained fingers after a 6 day portage, or your eyes pressed to your leveling instrument, surveying the days work ahead – we know the feeling.
Whether it’s on the municipal, provincial, or national scale we love Canada and its parks and we hope that we can incite you to join us in exploring and enjoying each and every one of them.