|Carson Raymond Foundation President John Raymond dedicated the new field yesterday. “It’s done,” said Raymond.|
Carson Raymond Foundation officials formally opened Woodbrook field before a hundred or so members of the general public yesterday. “It’s done!” exclaimed Foundation President John Raymond at the ceremony. Some Woodbrook residents disagreed, or they would have, had they been informed of the event.
Neither was there any mention of the role played by Woodbrook residents in the design of the field. Residents attended four meetings at the school between December 2009 and June 2010 where some neighbors voiced their concern about the effect of the structures on neighborhood crime. At one such meeting, held on April 24, 2010, the Foundation committed, in writing, to “[Keep] the lockable chain link swinging gates to prevent anyone from entering the dugout areas when the field is not being used for t-ball.” As of yesterday’s dedication, the dugouts were neither screened off nor locked.
|On the left, a computer rendering of the north dugout as presented to neighbors in April 2010. On the right, as built. Notice the absence of screening designed to keep vandals out.|
Absent too were the bleachers that Foundation officials billed as a place where Woodbrook residents could sit and enjoy the field while their children played.
But perhaps the biggest oversight was the failure of the Foundation to offer an invitation to Woodbrook residents to attend yesterday’s dedication. “To be able to provide something like this to the community feels pretty good” said Raymond in his opening remarks. “No, I did not get an invitation,” said Woodbrook Community Association President Susan Reed in an email message to this blog.
|Trash found in the dugouts the morning after opening day events. From left to right clothing, cable ties and a vandal’s dream come true, a can of spray paint.|