I strongly believe that family picnics should be allowed in public parks. However, we do need to promote the culture of sound picnicking as well.
In the current world where people keep to themselves under the pretext of privacy, family picnics can provide a family member with a great chance to communicate and catch up more with each other in order to build stronger social bonds. A great place for such an occasion can be public parks.
First, here in Vancouver, public parks are abundant and within walking distance, so families can easily have access to a nearby park by walking which can be a good exercise to keep fit as well.
Second, it gives children a great chance to socialize with other kids and enjoy outdoor activities. Kids are already bombarded with electronic gadgets and technological advancements, so family picnics are a chance to set them apart from the gadgets to experience real-life situations. Needless to say, playing games is an indispensable part of our kids’ growth.
Last, we do need to learn the culture of this practice. On the one side, city districts can install more recycling bins and trashes to help people with their litters to keep cities clean. On the other, people should learn to avoid bringing cars to keep the parks clean and less noisy.
I do think if the above conditions are met, more and more people would like to enjoy time with family in public parks.