Letters to the Editor

Users say field issues working out

Last week’s front page article on field issues and the reference to the boys lacrosse program and our high school coach was woefully out of date and out of touch. The quote used in the article by Jacob Edel from an e-mail back in September 2007 does not come close to portraying today’s reality.

The boys lacrosse club and the youth soccer club have, in fact, been working very closely together on field scheduling issues since last fall. We have successfully worked out many misunderstandings between our two programs regarding the use of fields, which were principally created by overlapping schedules and the absence of forums to sit down and share information.

Julie Crow and I have developed a solid working relationship since January through our joint participation on both the Ballfield Users Group (BUG) that oversees field planning and scheduling, and the Citizens Stakeholder Committee that is pushing for needed improvements to our parks and grass fields. Julie and I have enjoyed a very open and ongoing dialogue on field issues brought to our attention that involve our respective organizations.

We have also been successfully partnering together with the Parks & Recreation staff, Boys & Girls Club, Island Baseball and the high school to further improve field scheduling and field maintenance to accommodate the growing demands on our fields on the Island.

The Reporter needs to be more careful about using old e-mails as a basis for “calls to action” for change without further checking with the original sources to confirm that the information is still accurate and relevant today.

Dan Taylor

President, MI Lacrosse

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