From Monroeville Mall to Monroeville Recreational Park
Brendan Ash, 12th Grade
Ever since I’ve been a little kid I can remember going to the Monroeville Mall with my family to go Christmas shopping, meet the Easter Bunny, or just to go look around so I can spend the day with family. The mall was so close to where we lived that it was an easy trip to make and there was just so much to do that we would spend all day going through shops or going out to eat in the surrounding restaurants for the whole day. However, as time has gone along, going to the mall hasn’t been as enjoyable as it's been in the past and now it seems like a waste of time. Growing up, the mall was always busy with every store packed, but now when I go to the mall I just see store after store closed. Covid - 19 did have an impact on this, but store closings have been happening for years at the Monroeville mall well before Covid - 19 came around. It isn’t the same going to the mall anymore. The excitement and joy of going is gone. Although the mall has been on the downhill, all hope is not gone. By re-imagining the Monroeville Mall to the Monroeville Recreational Park it will promote a more sustainable municipal area for the county, provide businesses with the opportunity to reopen their stores due to the popularity of the park which will lead to an increase in the economic sector of the county, and will create a space where people of all ages can go to hang out, bike along a trail, play basketball, tennis, etc.
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