One Park Place


“They’re really trying,” I thought, staring at the newly erected sign in the park. I had no idea what the message meant, but it was colorful.

City officials had been listening to residents complain for years that Hamsford Park had become both an embarrassment and a danger to the community. Kids rarely played here anymore and it was widely known that this was the place to score an assortment of recreational party favors.

Or at least, it was. Being an election year, the incumbent Mayor yielded to constituent pressure and initiated a campaign to restore the park. Now there are regular police patrols, a local trash patrol, a vendor that sells copious amounts of hot dogs and ice cream and a monthly free concert in the ball field.

The drug dealers have been replaced by children and families. Even the residentially impaired folks like me that called the park home were put up in small, one room shelters. One Park Place, we call it. We’re safe, dry and best of all we get mail. Yesterday the postman handed me a letter. It was the first time I ever had to sign for a letter addressed to “Occupant”.

Gotta love progress.

Word Count: 200

[This is my entry into the Flash Fiction Challenge for Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner by Roger Shipp. Write a story based on a photo prompt and introductory sentence in 200 words or less.]



15 thoughts on “One Park Place

  1. Very good take on the prompt. I love the sory as a whole and the ending, with your ‘residentially challenged’ resident finding a home. You’ve tied a tough pic and line together very convincingly – nicely done!

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      1. Yes, he set a tough one this week, didn’t he, that cheeky devil Roger – though look at what he inspired! Sometimes it’s good to have to work at an idea. In the end I was chuffed with my story, even though at first I’d despaired when I saw the prompt. Out of tough ground great plants grow πŸ™‚

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  2. I really liked your positive spin on this sign. I still think it’s ugly but I like how it was the beginning of restoring the park and making it a better place for family and the residents w ho used to live there. It’s a nice touch that thry gave them a place to live, for a homeless person that must be a gift. The fact that he gets mail addressed to occupant really brings home this fact, he is happy to have a home. Well done on a positive post πŸ™‚

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