High Point Enterprise Newspaper Archives Nov 9 1975, Page 132

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High Point Enterprise, The (Newspaper) - November 9, 1975, High Point, North CarolinaSaving Park to require More than just Money by Vicki White Enterprise staff writer residents of the Washington Terrace Park area and other Black residents of the City have shown what belonging to a Community is All about. They have initiated a movement to update and improve the Park because of their concern for it. Terrace has Long been neglected by Parks and As Well As by the Black says John a Parks and recreation commissioner and assistant principal at Andrews High school. Have decided that integration for integration s Sake is not necessarily beneficial to them. Many years we have patronized other Parks and now we have a rude Awakening to the fact that we Are about to lose something we once the built by the works Progress administration from 1935 to was managed by n. S. Morehead during the Summers of 1957 63. Of the Park s use then was from Morehead says. Used to have a Hundred greyhound buses bring people in ones specially the fourth of july. We would have at least people Here from All Over the state because Washington Terrace was the Only Park set aside for Blacks. Desegregation Cut Down Atten dance because other Parks were made since the Park has gradually declined in and now few programs Are offered there. One citizens group organized by the a club of Black appealed to the Parks and recreation commission in August to improve the especially the swimming Pool. As a result of this a committee was appointed to study the Issue. It recommended that a new Pool be built. The commission passed this recommendation on to City which gave approval to allocate an additional in Community develop ment funds for a new Pool cd funds totalling now have been allocated for Washington Terrace for the Pool and for two new Tennis courts. The project is scheduled to begin next Spring and to be completed Early in 1977. 000 had been earmarked to upgrade the existing Washington Terrace the club also requested lighted Tennis and basketball new and improved parking landscaping to include Shade elimination of nearby blighted areas and better equipped picnic shelters. Also of concern to the citizens is the litter at the Park. Children from neighbouring Parkview Village elementary school consider the occasional play periods at the Park a one teacher but the photos by Chris Petre e especially the prevents frequent visits. Councilman s. E. Burford has Long been an advocate of improving conditions at Washington Terrace. Am just afraid we have waited too late to do anything about the he says. Matter How Good a Pool we if we do not have a Good recreational program at the Park then we Are not going to get people to come other citizens agree with Burford and Are determined that Washington Terrace will again be a thriving Community Center. At the same time the patricians appealed for action on the they re Quested better competent and Park league swimming and Tennis instruction and dancing. Main problem now is poor says Morehead. Is a Lack of discipline at the Park because of immature managers. Lack of organization and supervision has been the downfall of the need says Clarence who along with his wife used to operate the Park s conces Sion stand. People who Are getting in trouble Are pleading for something to do. If there Are no organized activities for them to be involved then they will find something else to do. People downtown Are losing in Terest in what goes on there and there is a Lack of supervision there from them. Has been Little activity at Washington Terrace for seven or eight and mostly what has been provided is swimming. The recreation director is guilty of not see ing that there Are things going the Park s two Ball one for Little league and one for senior league have not been used by the City programs in several years. The red Cross sponsors swimming classes at City Lake and Washington Terrace. Community swim meets were held at Washington Terrace during when the team there competed with teams from Greensboro and Winston Salem neighbourhood Parks. According to to acting director of the Parks and recreation dept. There were no volunteers to continue the program this year. A train donated to the Park by the patricians around 1960 is no longer used. Morgan says that it has not been operated because there has not been enough interest in it. It was operated without charge a few times this summer but is now in storage at the he says. Other playground equipment at the Park has not been properly maintained. Responding to charges that there Are More personnel at other Parks than at Washington Morgan says playground directors Are stationed at All Parks in the City during the summer months. These directors supervise activities which include arts and crafts and playground games throughout the Day. At Washington Terrace activities Are conducted upstairs in the Bath House. In Parks and Redrea saving Park on picnic area at 27-acre Washington Terrace Park uninviting High Point Enterprise sunday november 1975 Section d features facilities cited Wasfi Ingfong Terrace athletics founder by Vicki White Enterprise staff writer the City s Little league by the High Point and furniture City american business clubs and the Parks and recreation has not had a team organized at Washington Terrace Park since the program was centralized several years ago. But Many of the players in the league Are from Washington according to to acting director of Parks and recreation. City athletic program has been taken out of Washington he this is a crime in the eyes of the according to John a business club member in charge of the the Field at Washington Terrace was used until a few years ago when com plaints that the system was segregated were voiced. To balance the the clubs used school of attendance to deter mine where a boy would play Little league Ball. At that the Field at Washington Terrace was eliminated from the program. No one has explained Why this occurred. This system lasted three years but was unsuccessful because the youngsters had problems with transportation. The salvation army used the Washington Terrace Fieldor a few years but quit because of problems with people living near the Park. Since 1974 the clubs have arranged the program so that youngsters play Ball from neighbourhood Parks. This year 768 boys played on 48 six in each of eight leagues. The business clubs provide a director for each league. The director gets coaches and sponsors for his holds tryouts and supervises his league s activities. Teams Are organized at Allen Hedgecock and Oak View Parks. Two teams play at Armstrong Park. The patrician an organization of Black has expressed an interest in sponsoring a league. Organizers of the league Are to meet soon to discuss the possibility of expanding the program to include a team from Washington Terrace. John Parks and recreation commissioner and assistant principal at Andrews High sees the Condi Tion of the Fields As the reason that Washington Terrace is not included in the Little league program. Teams play where the Field facilities Are most adequate for he says. Washington there Are no bleachers at the baseball Field and crumbling ones at the softball Parkview Village school kids infrequently use Park facilities bleachers at softball Field unused and becoming unusable Untra pled grass tells Story

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