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I was not surprised to see the 5th and I Streets SW park—Reserve 721—in the “Lost in Space” piece (1/14). I grew up in Southwest and still live there. As a little kid, I played in that park with my mom and my sister. The original play area was built out of huge square wooden beams that stood upright at different heights to make a ship, complete with a working wheel to steer with. In summer, we boldly waded through the pond wearing flip-flops and took turns pressing our hands down on the fountains so that they bubbled under the water. The pond was empty and full every other week—for some reason the Park Service drained it and filled it all the time.

There is a mini version of the park down I Street, next to the Southwest Library. It was, and is, the scary, dark park. I have actually never walked through it.

Anyway, I enjoyed the photograph and photographer Darrow Montgomery’s other work in the series.

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