This is part of a weekly series, published fresh on Thursday mornings.
The recent dark skies and unpredictable storms haven't stopped us from playing outdoors, as seen in this photo (taken on Sunday before a sudden hailstorm halted the game). But Wash Park's newly enacted, refundable fee for volleyball permits might be a bigger problem for the crowds than storm clouds. Last weekend, the popular park was less crowded than usual, but City Park, notably, had plenty of nets, parties, and grills. Here's to spreading the love around to other city spaces this summer. —Jerilyn Forsythe