I thought the first article was interesting because it was about a park and nature, too, which I feel like I don't read about too often. It was also interesting to read that there may be a fee to go to a park. That does come off as a little ridiculous at first, but the more I thought about it, maybe it's not such a bad thing. Overall, you would be supporting the people who keep the park together and the park itself, which ultimately is supporting the well-being of the outdoors and outdoor activity, which we could use more of I'm sure. At the beginning of this article, I kind of felt like I was reading fiction or something. And I also noticed something that I wasn't sure of: "'They want to continue some of their programs, so they’re actually coming back as volunteers,' Recreation Programming and Support specialist Marianne Kjobmand said." I saw that the writer capitalized "supporter" so shouldn't specialist be capitalized too? I just wasn't sure about that.
As for the second article, I liked the lead. It was different, and it pulled me in as a reader. I also thought the subject was interesting and something new as well. Something I really liked, but am not sure if it should be cut because it seems like it's not needed, is when the writer wrote, "There was just one problem." I like the suspense it holds, but at the same time, it seems like it doesn't really need to be there.