I never even knew that the ball had a name. I don't like that area of the park very much but I DID like seeing all the happy children in awe of the ball. Plus, when it was great to just touch on a hot day to get a little bit of a cool off. The area could certainly benefit from something more there, maybe even small trees/ shade structure around the ball, kind of like the hub.
I wish I'd known this past Saturday that the Astro Orbiters would be going into refurbishment; I would have taken more pictures and had a last ride. I did get last ride of the night the week before last, though. I was in the Pi rocket! Bye bye bronze.