What Would You Like To See In Ashford Park?

A Patch series asking you, what would you like to see in our city's parks.

Brookhaven becomes a city at 12:01 am on Dec. 17, and one of the responsibilities our new municipality will be undertaking is maintenance of local parks.

A couple of weeks ago, a loyal reader suggested this idea to us: Patch could serve as a source of information for our if we asked residents, what would they like to see in our city parks?

So, for the next eight working days (Monday through Friday, Aug. 20-29), Patch will be running a series of articles asking you: what would you to see in a specific park? Maybe slides or play areas, or more picnic tables, perhaps. What about swings, monkey bars, or baseball fields? Or maybe better lighting or safer parking areas.

First on the list is . So share your thoughts with us in the Comments section below, or drop us an e-mail. We'll be happy to publish it.

don Gabacho August 25, 2012 at 06:49 PM
"don - Hopefully those elected will take note and realize we have some incredible assets in the community when it comes to sustainable planning."---Corey Self I promise you, we don't need any new governance to plant even a day lily bulb.
don Gabacho August 25, 2012 at 07:25 PM
We were playing baseball. All 24 of us, when a woman with her Little League team trailing behind her told us that we had to leave the field becuase she had scheduled it with the town's government---despite even two adjacent baseball diamonds empty of players. I told her that her team could play us and, if they won, the field would be theirs. That was the time-honored rule at the time for all sports from city streets to country meadows---any court or field. The kids behind her, crisp in washed and ironed uniforms, gleemed with excitement to accept the challenge. The woman said, there would be too many players. I told her that we let everyone play no matter if if means five outfielders, two short-stops or whatever, as long as even numbers from each side were fielded. She said she'd get the cops...
don Gabacho August 25, 2012 at 07:32 PM
...I told her go ahead; and with that she stomped off to an adjacent, available field with, again her not noticing the team she thought she owned, trailing behind her visibily disappointed. We were even our own referees and umpires. We learned the rules of any game not by any book or instruction but by simply discussing any conflict that might arrise and figuring out what the fairest thing to do would be, which, as it turned out, were the rules. Three days ago, on the news two Little Leagers were intervied at the Little League World Series. Cookie-cutter, they were delirous with pride for parroting the same trite pros do about players of a game. Should it be no wonder that children are not even learning anything in schools anymore when they are so everywhere diallowed to learn for themselves? I've seen young adults playing soccer in Ashford Parks Memorial Park. On the shady field by the railroad tracks and even on the basketball court both before and after it was vandalized. Those kids didn't require any official field. Any fence. Any cops.
don Gabacho August 25, 2012 at 07:37 PM
PS: On occasions there were kids who thought they could lie and cheat. Be bullies. But---Gues what?---we learned how to deal with that---too. And just for the record: whenever a girl (this was the 4th grade) wanted to play, all that would happen is her was having to watch us boys scratch our heads for a moment before being invited to join in.
don Gabacho August 25, 2012 at 08:04 PM
PPS: Although winning was important. We learned it was never all-important and, instead, learned to be more interested in a 'fair' game; which meant even no bench-warmers. So: Knowin who were the really good players and the really lousy players, for any game, we'd divide the players so both teams would have equal players of both really good players and really lousy players. For ex: I could never be on the same team as Howard because we were that good. And Pete and Louey could never be on the same team because they were that bad. But, in the end, everyone played; and played to win.


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