Letter: Parks use questioned

Mar. 08, 2014 @ 11:27 PM

To the editor:

You may recall that Sunday, March 3, was a sunny day in Henderson with temperatures in the 60s.

Many of the citizens in surrounding communities were presumably out enjoying those outdoor things most important to them like biking, walking, shopping, getting ready for Easter, barbecuing, etc.

Some of us wonder where we must start.

Those wanting to pursue their passion for baseball at Fox Pond had to break the law. For those pursuing tennis, you’d have to call a locksmith. Why? Because looking out over the Henderson field of dreams, many had to climb over the chain link fence surrounding the field to make their Sunday’s dream of playing, or getting on some of the courts a reality — closed presumably by Master Lock, and not a Master’s lock.

Not understandably however, is why the Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Department has not addressed, or does not continue to address, why the parks’ field and courts are not open until 1 p.m. on Sundays? Perhaps the concession stand, which supposedly is to collect the $3 court fee, is not yet open to do so.

There are few residents that I can see likely to be disturbed by ambient noise, so perhaps the park remains closed presumably to remind us sinners we should be in church until that time, but out at dusk to get ready for Monday.

On weekdays the park opens at 10 a.m. and closes at dusk, thus giving those retired, or who can’t find work, some quality relaxing time and more rest before getting out to the park for ‘whatever.’ You be the judge.

Daniel A. Young Sr.