School grounds are used by community | Letters | April 29
April 28, 2011 · 4:25 PM
I have been absolutely delighted to find that the well-kept grounds and recreation fields around our high school are utilized every single day by islanders of all ages.
After my daughters graduated in the ‘90s, I didn’t think much about our schools, and I wager that most Island residents only think about them when their children are attending them, or when we glance at our tax statements. But the school properties belong to the whole community!
People of all ages use the track as a safe, dog-free place to walk, and they are free to do so even when sporting events are being held. Of course, all the team sports use the fields, but so do groups of very young soccer players as well as pick-up sports teams of all types – from ultimate Frisbee to gray-haired soccer players.
There are people walking their dogs, or exercising them responsibly on the open areas, and the well-worn paths indicate frequent short-cuts from nearby neighborhoods to the pool, or even to the shopping areas.
Churches and political interest groups use the commons area, and the public can use the tennis courts when the school teams are absent. There are skate boarders near the theater, and a teen center tucked between the school and the stadium. It’s truly amazing.
Even on holidays, the grounds are being used by our whole community. It’s encouraging to me to see our tax dollars delivering an all-inclusive benefit.
And while I’m at it, thanks to the 50 or so volunteers of all ages who spent the first truly glorious day of spring weeding, maintaining and replanting the open space in the center of campus. The weeds are gone, and there are freshly planted flowers in several different areas.
Our community knows that there aren’t enough public funds to keep everything looking great, so ordinary citizens joined together to make the school grounds better, just like the Friday Tidy gardeners do at the library.
Yup, it does take a village! Thanks to all who make this a great place to live!