Mother remembers ‘Pit’ as clean and family friendly, fears those days are lost
To the Editor,
Growing up in Tecumseh, I swam at the Tecumseh Park, aka “The Pit,” all summer long. There were lifeguards on duty then and the park was clean and family friendly. This gem in the middle of our city has been a wonderful place to cool off in the summer and relax with family and friends for decades.
A few years ago, due to budget concerns, the lifeguards had to be eliminated and the park is now unattended. This has become a major problem. I have two young boys of my own now and taking them to The Pit can be a scary adventure. It is no longer a family friendly place to enjoy in our city. We continue to visit the park at times to cool off, but can no longer stay and enjoy ourselves. People are often smoking right in our faces. Alcohol is often found on the beach and people will often swim with the beers in their hands.
Dogs are everywhere; we even saw a pet lizard there once. In addition, the language used by the teens and adults is inappropriate for younger children to be hearing.
My concern is that this wonderful and unique part of our town is lost and is no longer a place we can be proud of. I don’t believe that bringing back the lifeguards is a necessity, but a park keeper or beach patrol on duty from dusk to dawn could help manage the above concerns and would help to bring the park back to its original greatness.