Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Painted butterflies


I recently ran a series of photos of signs around Tamarindo. The photos today are not technically signs, but I decided to show them nevertheless. They are painted butterflies in a small children's park.

I know this is a rather modest bit of decoration, but I think it is nice that someone took the time and initiative to paint butterflies on a trash can and on the wall of the building that forms one boundary of the park. The decoration adds to the festiveness of what otherwise would be an unattractive trash can and a very plain wall.

The children's park has a skateboard area, a basketball court, and some swings. It is not fancy, but please keep in mind that Tamarindo is a small town, with no traffic lights, only one paved road, no gas stations, and the local government is a half hour away in Santa Cruz. Costa Rica has many needs and priorities, and building a fancy park in a town filled with tourists and international residents is not as high a priority as other civic needs.

Sometimes when public works expenditures are needed, the local community takes up a collection, often supported by donations from the hotels and resorts in town, to contribute part of the money to stretch the use of tax dollars for infrastructure improvements.

7 comments:

Abe Lincoln said...

Your town sounds exactly like the little town where I was born. We had a form of local government mostly run by the mayor who drove the truck when needed.

I have a blog about it and it is called The Hamlet of Gordon and is at http://gordonohio.blogspot.com/

Sharon said...

I think it's great that they have a children's park even if it is modest in size and equipment. The butterflies brighten it up.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

lovely mariposas that add beuaty

Saretta said...

I'm glad they have a park! Ours are so poorly taken care of that no one goes to them anymore. Poor kids!

Hilda said...

I wish more people would take similar initiatives all over the world — even as simple as decorating trash cans. The world might just become a better place for everyone.

Clueless in Boston said...

It looks nice and well taken care of, and kids don't really care if it has fancy jungle jims, or what have you. They just want to play and their imagination will do the rest.

bfarr said...

We were in Costa Rica last year and on our trip thru the Cental Valley back to San Jose someone had painted large rocks along the road with beautiful scenes of Costa Rica.

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