No one plays here now

Or ever.

I pass this abandoned playground frequently, and during the late summer, as weeds grew up around the play equipment, I often thought about stopping to take a photo. Sometimes in slanted morning sunlight, mist hanging in the weeds among long shadows, the site looked almost haunted.

But the timing for a picture was never right. I was always on my way to places I needed to be. To park and slip through the fence to make my way over to the playground (through the weeds) would have taken like five minutes I never felt I had.

This past Saturday, though, I finally had some extra time and stopped—even though I didn’t really have decent light. Life is always about trade-offs, right? So, better than nothing😄

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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6 Responses to No one plays here now

  1. Reminds me of the mini golf course on 76th street. At least the dino found a home.

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  2. MELewis says:

    Seems very sad. Why is it abandoned? Has whoever maintained it just let it go or are kids so stuck online that no one goes outside to play anymore?

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    • It’s on land that used to be a school playground, but this is not the playground that would have been associated with that school, as the building itself is one of the original, very unique and distinctive-looking Milwaukee public schools from over a hundred years ago. A lot of these old school buildings were sold off when enrollment declined. This building most recently housed a couple of community-oriented nonprofits. The playground looks to me like it was associated with one of them. But now there are weeds everywhere, and I’m not sure whether the nonprofits are still operating. It certainly is sad . . . for me mostly because it signifies a former hopefulness for the neighborhood’s children that is no longer there.

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  3. Sara Cissna says:

    I love these! You need some techie from MSOE to double expose the light image of some children playing on these like ghosts. Then your title becomes even more poignant.

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