Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Dear Editor, Summerville Finance Committee and Town Council,
I am writing to express concern over the proposed Parks and Recreation Committee expenditures for an obscure sport like cricket.
Summerville has major capital investments in sports recreation areas that are now lacking for maintenance funding and labor to keep the investments protected. For example, there are tennis nets with holes in them at the very nice Doty tennis facility. The tattered nets in disrepair do not reflect well on the facility. The tennis courts at Azalea Park have a beautiful natural setting but are marred by cracks big enough to trip over. The surfaces have been neglected for years. These are just two tennis court examples of obvious funding needs to protect existing investments. Are there more examples for other popular sports like baseball and softball?
Why not keep our existing recreation area up to par before venturing into a locally little known or played sport like cricket? It seems cricket enthusiasts could raise money from private concerns (donations, car washes, etc.) for their needs. The proposed expenditure works out to a little under $800 per member of the existing cricket club.
I wish the cricket club success with growing their sport locally but why not use public funding and maintenance labor to protect our investment in more widely used sports areas? If the interest for cricket catches on like soccer or baseball or tennis, then consider public expenditures.