Key to improving recreational facilities is a new director

Published 1:00 am Sunday, September 25, 2011

In response to the Letter to the Editor regarding Lights on the City Park field, I agree the youth baseball and softball fields need attention.

The fields have been neglected for a number of years. The girls have been put on the back burner for the longest. They have only three fields with lights and have not had any improvements for a number of years. They also have to share them with the high school softball teams.

I think we should all step back and start looking at the recreation department leader. The leader of the recreation department has been in office for several years, maybe we need someone new with new ideas to better all the recreation instead of fighting over what little attention we are getting. A few months ago South Ward Alderman Sid Beauman stated in The Vicksburg Post that he was going to lay off staff because we didn’t need all the employees on the payroll and could save Vicksburg the income. Well, my question to him is, why, if we are overstaffed, is the recreation in this town always behind?

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Many issues need to be addressed, but fighting each other is not the answer. We need to stick together and start making the recreation department leaders step up or step out. No. 1 is cheap and simple: we need someone to shoot the grade of all the fields and rework them for drainage. There are times water is standing for days on the end fields with a small rain.

The lights were extremely bad at the men’s field and someone was soon to be injured. This was put off until they had to get them replaced or shut the fields down.

Last question: What happened to the complex?

Brenda Shiers