High Point Enterprise Newspaper Archives Nov 9 1975, Page 57

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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - November 9, 1975, High Point, North Carolina Sunday morning november 9, 1975 Section d bleachers at softball Field unused and becoming unusable tall Untra pled grass tells Story saving 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. A Washington Terrace has Long been neglected by Parks and recreation As Well As by the Black Community a says John Russell a Parks and recreation commissioner and assistant principal at Andrews High school. A Blacks have decided that integration for integration a Sake is not necessarily beneficial to them. A for Many 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 Park built by the works Progress administration from 1935 to 1937, was managed by n. S. A a Nat Morehead during the Summers of 1957-63. A most of the Parks use then was from outsiders a Morehead says. A we used to have a Hundred greyhound buses bring people in on holidays especially the fourth of july. We would have at least 5,000 people Here from All Over the state because Washington Terrace was the Only Park set aside for Blacks. Desegregation Cut Down attendance because other Parks were made since then the Park has gradually declined in attendance and now few programs Are offered there. One citizens group organized by the patricians a club of Black businessmen appealed to the Parks and recreation commission in August to improve the Park especially the swimming Pool. As a result of this visit a committee was appointed to study the Issue. It recommended that a new Pool be built. The commission passed this recommendation on to City Council which gave approval to allocate an additional $50,000 in Community development cd funds for a new Pool cd funds totalling $115,000 now have been allocated for Washington Terrace a $100,000 for the Pool and $15,000 for two new Tennis courts. The project is scheduled to begin next Spring and to be completed Early in 1977. Already $50,-000 had been earmarked to upgrade the existing Washington Terrace Pool the club also requested new lighted Tennis and basketball courts bleachers new and improved parking facilities landscaping to include Shade Trees 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 treat one teacher says but the photos by Chris petrel debris especially the Glass prevents frequent visits. Councilman s. E. Burford has Long been an advocate of improving conditions at Washington Terrace. A i am just afraid we have waited too late to do anything about the Park a he says. A no matter How Good a Pool we have if we do not have a Good recreational program at the Park too 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 Pool they requested better More competent and mature Park personnel league games tournaments swimming and Tennis instruction and dancing. A the main problem now is poor management a says Morehead. A there is a Lack of discipline at the Park because of immature managers. Lack of organization and supervision has been the downfall of the a children need activity a says Clarence Stricklin who along with his wife used to operate the Parks Concession stand. A Young people who Are getting in trouble Are pleading for something to do. Of there Are no organized activities for them to be involved with then they will find something else to do. A the people downtown Are losing interest in what goes on there Washington Terrace and there is a Lack of supervision there from them. A there has been Little activity at Washington Terrace for seven or eight years and mostly what has been provided is swimming. The Parks and recreation director is guilty of not seeing that there Are things going the Parks two Ball Fields one for Little league and one for senior league baseball 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 1974, when the team there competed with teams from Greensboro and Winston Salem neighbourhood Parks. According to to Morgan 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 Park 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 Terrace 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 a a indoor activities Are conducted upstairs in the Bath House. In october Parks and recreate saving Park on 20 picnic area at 27-acre Washington Terrace Park littered unused uninviting facilities cited Washington Terrace athletics founder by Vicki White Enterprise staff writer the City a Little league program a cosponsored by the High Point and furniture City american business clubs and the Parks and recreation dept., 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 Terrace according to to Morgan acting director of Parks and recreation. A the City athletic program has been taken out of Washington Terrace a he says a and this is a crime in the eyes of the according to John Hart a business club member in charge of the program the Field at Washington Terrace was used until a few years ago when complaints that the system was segregated were voiced. To balance the program the clubs used school of attendance to determine where a boy would play Little league Ball. At that time 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 fiel4for 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 teams six in each of eight leagues. The business clubs provide a director for each league. The director gets coaches and sponsors for his league holds tryouts and supervises his leagues activities. Teams Are organized at Brentwood Cedrow Allen Jay Barvell Hedgecock and Oak View Parks. Two teams play at Armstrong Park. The patrician club an organization of Black businessmen 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 Russell Parks and recreation commissioner and assistant principal at Andrews High school sees the condition of the Fields As the reason that Washington Terrace is not included in the Little league program. A the teams play where the Field facilities Are most adequate for them a he says. A at Washington Terrace there Are no bleachers at the baseball Field and crumbling ones at the softball Parkview Village school kids infrequently use Park facilities t

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