I read in the Democrat last week the names of the new staff hired by the new board to run the Cynthiana/Harrison County Recreation Department.
You know me, I would never want to become political nor jump to a conclusion so I will wait and see how it goes and I wish the new people the best success because if they are successful the better for the citizens young and old.
But let me say a couple of things about recreation and how we have progressed to this point.
First, Rick Chasteen is my friend, but that has zero to do with this column or what I will write because being my friend does not mean that I will agree with you unless, of course, you are actually agreeing with me.
With that point stated, we have come a long way in recreation in Harrison County in the last four years.
I, too, remember the good old days of the park being full of softball teams in the summer and the 13-15 year olds playing in Pony League as I umpired the softball and coached the Pony League.
Brad Muntz still calls me “Coach” from my days of coaching him and others playing for the Union Bank of Berry team.
The Pony League days are gone with the success of our high school team.
In this time, for a high school team to be successful the players must play together and play tough competition during the summer to be prepared for the rigors of the high school season.
To think that a 13-15-year-old youngster would have time to play both Pony League or Babe Ruth and still travel and play is just not right.
Softball, I hear, is not what it was in the older, adult tournaments.
It is a booming success in youth softball and maybe that is where we can go but that doesn’t solve the problem of adult recreation.
One of the criticisms that I have heard is that all of our recreation is geared toward the ages of 5 through 12 years old.
Archery is a possibility as maybe would be adult volleyball and I hope that they are given a shot.
By the way, the decision not to let the lady play in the church basketball league was a mistake.
But that is another issue for maybe another time.
Back to the recreation decision and where we have come from to now.
I recall when Little League, Minor League and Pee Wee were played on the Hilltop on Shirley Field and the field above the high school field.
I was on the recreation board when the land for River Road Park was bought and the fields constructed and believe that was a good move.
It was certainly an improvement from where the games were being played and with the current situation of use a necessity.
There is the problem with flooding, but considering what we had and the opportunities that there were then it was a good choice.
Rick Chasteen did an excellent job of keeping the fields in working order and made a yeoman’s effort to keep the place clean of trash and debris.
That being said, let me give some advice to the new staff, Mr. Steele and Mr. Milam.
Just putting a trash can in front of some of our populace will not guarantee that they will use it nor will putting up a no smoking sign or no pets sign or do not ride your bicycle here sign mean they will be obeyed.
In Harrison County those signs are not for my dog “he is little and cute” or not for my smoking because “this county was funded by tobacco money” or for my child’s bike because I never tell him no and you are not going to either.
Chasteen made many people upset by trying to equally enforce the rules which the recreation board established and you will too if you enforce them.
Good Luck and I really mean that.
Like I said, if you are successful the better for each and every one of us.