The U.S.S. Recruit is the old training ship used by the Navy to train new recruits. It’s a two-thirds scale model of a destroyer, sitting right in Liberty Station.

I think it should be opened up and converted into a playground. We would need to install some safety gear, nets and padding, and some of the taller areas of the ship would have to remain off-limits. I think it could be a really fun attraction, not to mention a “beating your swords into plowshares” event.

It probably can’t happen in today’s overly-litigious society, but a guy can dream.

Darrel Lawrence lives in Poway.

Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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