Cheap Sightseeing Tour: Your Neighborhood: Locations Part 4

A cheap and easy sightseeing tour idea, explore your own neighborhood like it were a new exotic location, locations described.

Sightseeing in Your Own Neighborhood

23. Baseball Diamond. The only playground in the neighborhood. Because the neighborhood does not support the political party which has run the town for many years, the town doesn't build recreational facilities here. So Geno Pantani decided to take matters into his own hands. Geno moved here shortly after he married his wife Deborah. Ever since that time he's been a policeman for the local town. Now he's a sergeant. Having a lot of respect from his neighbors, he was able to get them to form a neighborhood association. He was elected their 1st president and he took as his 1st task the building of a play lot. The association put up money for the land by taxing themselves. With their own hands they filled in the marsh, then bought benches and swings 2nd-hand from the city. Now they have a small play lot and baseball diamond, a facility that is well-used by kids and their parents alike.

24. Vacant Land. Held by a private local foundation that administers it for the benefit of town residents. Old evergreens line the pond on one side, steep cliffs line it on the other. Many hiking trails wind their way through the area, often alongside stone walls which mark the boundaries of old farms which were here in the last century. The pond is used by neighbors for swimming in summer and for ice skating in winter. It is called Altmansburger's Pond after the family who once owned and farmed the land. Their descendants live in houses at the end of the pond.

25. Store. At this corner is a local "mom-and-pop" grocery store owned by an older man and his wife who have lived next door for over 50 years. They know the neighborhood--its residents and its history. Their son was not interested in continuing the business, however, so mom and pop may close the store soon and the supermarket chain (1) will probably get their business.

26. Public School. Because it's on the edge of this neighborhood, the school receives 1st through 4th graders from this neighborhood and outside neighborhoods. Older children attend the town-wide middle and high schools.

27. Footpaths. A narrow sidewalk along the road, trodden-down dirt paths through the woods. The town built the sidewalks so nearby children could walk safely to the school. The paths were made by children wearing down the shortest route home from school.

28. Old Stone Wall. An old property divider dating from the 18th century. Colonial farmers here cut the trees, and then dragged stones out of the fields and piled them along the edges. Crops no longer grow here and a 2nd generation of trees has sprung up--birch, pin oak, hickory, some maple and pine trees. According to the old-timers the elms were wiped out by the Dutch elm disease.

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