If you walked around the Leopold field a few weeks ago, you may have seen an unusual sight. The field, which is usually locked, was finally open to the public, and some people were flying kites in the freezing cold. Those crazy people were us, and it was good fun until we froze.Some of us have been living in Chapeltown for over 40 years, but surprisingly enough, none of us has ever set foot on the field before. In fact, we don’t really know many who have. It probably has something to do with the locked gate of this green public space.
You see: somewhere, someone holds the key to that gate. But we didn’t know who it was or where he or she was. Trying to find this someone and get the key was a real quest and a fantastic opportunity to get to know our local community better. After six phone calls to three different numbers, we found out that there was indeed a key, but the padlock had changed…
However, public spaces have a logic of their own, and so when we finally arrived, the gates were open, waiting for us. There’s something in this field. It needs the company of people.
We took out our kites and made some from bin bags, blowing some life into them once more. We held our cups of hot chocolate, desperately trying to get warm when running around was not enough. Some kids from the neighbourhood joined us. We ran and laughed and worked together to untangle the kites’ strings. What a fun community we have! The kites flew high, almost like our aspirations for this site. We told the field we’ll come again at Easter. I think the field liked the idea.