Cet étonnant article
australien reproduit un passage de la revue américaine «
Parks & Recreation - Official journal devoted to the
dissemination of knowledge », publiant en juillet 1920 un
article « Where the children play », signé E. Brodnax.
Malgré une géographie bien approximative (qui situe Blâmont sur
la Meuse, près de Verdun), le « Bon Accueil » (« Welcome
House ») est cité en exemple.
Daily Herald (Adelaïde -
Jeudi 2 décembre 1920
EXAMPLE FROM U.S.A.
DETROIT SPENDS £2,000,000
Great importance is
attached in America to the provision of suitable recreation
grounds and playfields for children. Information has just been
received in Melbourne showing the work that has been done in
Detroit in this direction. Detroit has a population of 700,000,
and is practically the same size as Melbourne and Suburbs.
In April 1919, a park and recreation bond issue for £2,000,000
was made. Since then there has been unprecedented activity in
Detroit toward building up a carefully planned park and
recreation system. In the past year, the City Plan Commission
has investigated 35 playgrounds and playfield sites and about 25
different sites for parks. Twenty playground sites were
recommended by the Common Council, of which 18 were accepted.
These consisted of about 22.23 acres. Five playfields were
recommended and ordered by the Common Council, adding 153.44
acres to the existing playfields.
Seven parks, parkways or parte enlargement have been accepted
and ordered by the Common Council upon the recommendation of the
City Plan Commission, thus adding 1744.7 acres to the park
acreage, which consisted of only 982 acres before 1919. To
further the accessibility of every park site, the City Plan
Commission is preparing plans for a 160 feet encircling driveway.
Certain portions have already been dedicated.
Regarding other activities by the Americans in relation to
playgrounds and recreation, a recent report by the Director of
Publicity of the of the American Society states: -
“France is solving the problem of playgrounds and recreational
centres in the areas devastated by the war under the leadership
of child experts from the United States. Around Lille along
nearly 700 children are learning to play under the guidance of
15 kindengarten experts from the United States, headed by Miss
Fanibelle Curtis, of New-York, director of Jardin d'Enfants unit
of the American Red Cross.
|"Another playground for French children has its
site on the banks
of the River Meuse. The village of Blamont, near Verdun, has
established a civic centre in a fine old mansion only slightly
damaged by the war, and in the spacious garden that stretches to
the river are playgrounds for the children. Welcome House, then
name given to this civic centre which contains the dispensary,
the schoolrooms, the swimming pool, and public baths of the
people of Blamont, was dedicated to the American people who made