Residents Discuss New Ball Field Before Tuesday Meeting

Field construction completed last week. In December residents were assured that there would be no further construction on the field until all outstanding issues were resolved.

In preparation for this Tuesday’s meeting with developers and school officials, a panel of four Woodbrook residents met Saturday to discuss issues surrounding the development of a new ball field at Woodbrook Elementary School.

The new field is being developed by the Carson Raymond Foundation in memory of Carson Raymond, a student at the school who passed away in October.

The panel consisted of Woodbrook Community Association President Susan Reed, Woodbrook residents Jim and Morgan Perkins and Woodbrook Community Association treasurer Mary Hobson. Collectively, the panel members have lived in the Woodbrook neighborhood for over 50 years.

Panelists talked about a wide range of concerns from traffic to vandalism. Many are concerned that the scope of the project will over power the neighborhood.

Listen to the panel’s comments:

A public meeting on the field will be held in the Woodbrook Elementary School library this Tuesday, January 12th at 7:30 p.m. All concerned Woodbrook residents are encouraged to attend.

On the left, a dugout at Pen Park similar to that proposed for Woodbrook field. On the right, damage caused by vandals while attempting to gain access to locked facilities, also at Pen Park.

3 thoughts on “Residents Discuss New Ball Field Before Tuesday Meeting

  1. I think a there are few things to keep in mind on the improvements to the ball field:

    The school (really the school district) own the property where the field is located. The school district has the right to make repairs or updates its property. So putting in tons of dirt, fence replacements, landscaping etc. without special permission have always been one of there responsibilities – regardless of who pays the bill for it. As we all know with the economy, the school will probably not have any money to pay to improve the outside of the school or field for another decade. The School is still also responsible for keeping the area clean for the students use – even when 200 non-students use the field over the weekend This responsibility has and will not change and the neighborhood benefits in higher property values and usage.

    I see the Carson Raymond Foundation's well intentioned vision to improve school district property as just that – the school's property not the New Foundation's. They are not purchasing the property for there sole use. The school and district should make sure the improvements meet with the school's needs.

    Unless the Foundation signs a contract to agree to provide all the cleaning, and maintenance for the whole field and hard-surface for the school, then their is no point in arguing about what they said about cleaning issues. Cleaning just falls back on the school to make it all happen for the safety of the Woodbrook school children.

    I don't think their was any opposition before to the numerous landscaping projects to the outside of the school? Their have been installations and removals of portable classrooms and installations of play-structures and sheds without comment from the neighborhood.

    The crime, drugs, liqueur bottles, condoms and homelessness have not changed at this field in the last 9 years I have lived here.

  2. Anonymous: Saturday's panel was a bit of an experiment, a first for us. As such, we didn't leave ourselves enough time to organize a general call for panelists this time.

    If you like the idea of discussion panels like this one, please write to us and let us know. If there is sufficient interest, we'll get started sooner next time with a neighborhood-wide call for panelists.

    Between this and our December interview with John Raymond we think we have given this issue balanced coverage. If you disagree, we hope you will comment here.

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