Not even three months after reading of a proposed a baseball field and recreation park in New York Mills, the usual suspects now propose another park, this one near Chapman Road.
School teams and town baseball and soccer leagues have created a demand for more fields, outgoing school district Superintendent Daniel Gilligan said. . . .Bull-tickey!
“It’s all about one thing: It’s about funding more playing-field space for kids,” he said.
Here are some facts about the New Hartford School District that Mr. Gilligan overlooks:
- Student enrollment 1997 : 2903
- Student enrollment 2000-01: 2775
- Student enrollment 2002-03: 2708
- Student enrollment 2004-05: 2667
- Student enrollment 2006-07: 2654
Taking on the burden of more public infrastructure, such as this proposed park, should be the last thing thought of in a region of declining population.
If there is truly more "demand" for playing fields in spite of the Town's long term decline in young people, then either the fields are mismanaged, the kids are being overindulged, or the "demand" comes from elsewhere. (Dogs perhaps?)
Think about all the people who directly or indirectly will make money off this deal, or will otherwise benefit, and you will figure out where the "demand" is coming from.