A town is given an amount of money to build anoutside place. It can be either a garden or a sports field for the nearby highschool students since the high school doesn't have a sports field. Which do youthink is better? Use examples and details in your answer.
Whenever there is an empty public space in a town, there always tends to be a lot of discussion and controversies around how this land should be used. Some people argue that it is essential to add greenery, some claim that public entertainment is most appealing, while others believe that we should build a sports field — especially when the local high school has no gym for students. In my opinion, entertainment facilities that include greenery — the gardens, for example —are the best option, for it not only offers a socializing and relaxing space but also improves the local environment
Firstly, public entertainment facilities are perfect socializing space and one of the best solutions to the lack of bonding within communities. In the past, as my mom told me, people all had a close relationship with other community members. They would drop by neighbors randomly for an afternoon tea talk and watch movies together on summer nights. Nowadays, however, more high buildings are built up and more people are living in blocks of apartment that has very few common spaces. Also, as the competition for resources like jobs and schools intensifies, people now have more peer and family pressure but less time to hang out with neighboring friends. All of these point to the importance of a public entertainment space. In my neighborhood, for example, a new garden was built last year. People are willing to walk five minutes over and stay there to chat for half an hour after dinner. They gossip about friends and celebrities while also talk about political and social issues like the recent Hong Kong protest and China-US trade war. People make new friends and that garden always bears popularity since its opening.
Secondly, public entertainment spaces like gardens also bring great benefits to the living environment. Although more living estates are built nowadays, less communities have as much greenery as in the past— when we look out of the windows, we can only see buildings and skyscrapers rather than trees and flowers; the color tone is always the foggy grey instead of the healthy green. This lack of greenery results from the environmental damage on earth and contributes to the intensifying global warming, which may eventually lead to extinction of species, rising sea level and less and less inhabitable areas. This is an irreversible problem and the only thing we can do is to let it slow down by starting with small — and a garden in community is a perfect example. Trees in the garden can not only offer shade from the sun but also relieve the eye fatigue so common today. Most importantly, they can absorb carbon dioxide and convert it into oxygen through photosynthesis while also preventing the soil erosion, which are all integral in slowing down the global warming. Building an entertainment space with greenery inside will not take much time, but its benefits is infinite, both for the people and for the earth.
Indeed, some people may argue that public sports facilities are more important for people who tend to sit for eight hours a day and for students who do not have gyms in schools. I totally agree with this significance but I believe that public sports facilities are replaceable. Because people including the students can freely go to local gyms, swimming pools, badminton or tennis courts that are more professional than public sports spaces, while if they just want to breathe in fresh air and relax themselves, a public entertainment area like the gardens can also fully satisfy their wants. That’s why I believe the public entertainment spaces can play a more multi-functional role.
In conclusion, I believe public entertainment spaces like gardens are the best options for community regarding an empty space, since they help to address the problem of global warming and lack of community bonding.
Raising social welfares of citizens is what the government should be responsible for. In this case, there occurs to be a controversy whether investing to a public garden available for everyone in the town is more important than constructing a sports field for the nearby high school. From my perspective, the latter one is clearly more indispensable and I will explain it with the following reasons and examples.
For one thing, building a sporting field can satisfy students’ basic needs of both releasing academic pressure and strengthening their physical quality. To be specific, current students suffer from enormous academic burden and their tight learning schedule will drive them to be mentally and physically fatigued. Besides, the sedentary lifestyle, coincident with less healthy dietary structure, would result in physical deficiencies. All those would demonstrate the necessity of engaging in sporting activities as frequently as possible to improve their physical health and alleviate the tremendous pressure. For instance, high school students can join in the basketball matches of intense physical confrontation to practice their physical flexibility and agility and running marathon is an effective way of enhancing their cardiovascular system, meanwhile, this kind of aerobic activity would practice high school students’ stamina. Additionally, being fully preoccupied in the sports can temporarily separate them from whatever kind of troubles happen to them to release their heavy burden. As a result, the dominance of constructing a sporting field for high school students is stark.
For another thing, the sporting field can be open to the public. As long as the school can arrange a scientific time schedule to prevent the simultaneous appearance of students and citizens, students’ learning efficiency won’t be compromised if someone raises the doubt whether making the campus sporting area available for citizens would produce a lot of inconvenience for students. In most cases, the elder or city employees just off work would engage in outdoor activities at around 6PM or later, during which students have already taken their night courses. Besides, the school can enact and implement some regulations to tell citizens off campus what can be done and when the sporting area is accessible to avoid the possible disturbance from them to students. Thus, the trouble of what has been concerned by many people can be eliminated and all citizens in the town can utilize the high-quality sporting facilities since, generally speaking, the facilities constructed for schools are more advanced than those exclusively built for the public. Therefore, building a sporting fields inside of the campus can also meet the demand of common citizens.
In a word, under the precondition that the sporting field constructed at school is under rational regulation, it can serve as a doubly functioning role for both students and common citizens in the town.