New park in town
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That hill by my house is now a town park. Which of course means there are a bunch of rules that didn't used to be there. For instance, no organized sports up there (not that there is room or anyone watching in the first place!). I walked up there one day this spring to see if the trees were budding yet. They were just starting to bud and some spring flowers were just starting to bloom. I walked around the little path on top of the hill a couple of times. There were some deer tracks and some coyote scat up there but I didn't see any animals. You can no longer camp up there in the little campsite, but the fire pit is still there. Most of the "park" is very overgrown, but the trails had been groomed - the path was mowed just wide enough to walk.
When I was little, we used to sled down this hill - we called it Suicide Hill because it was so steep and there were trees at the bottom. Now it is extremely overgrown and I don't think you could even get a sled down the hill, but a little remnant of the path from the top remains. The neighbor on the trail up to the park still keeps his side of the hill mowed for sledding (that's the Butt Breaker because the trail bisects the hill and you go airborne over that section). Sometimes its sad to see things changing in your childhood town. Places you played while growing up are no longer there or changed so much you hardly recognize it.
I also threw in a photo of a parking meter from downtown. River Falls has the cheapest parking meters I've ever seen.