Poor Sporting Complexes Causes Lack Of Community Pride

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Earlier this year, my family and I went to Murray for my little brother’s basketball game. We walked into a clean school that had a very nice basketball court. The setup was well thought out and seemed to have everything in it. Flash forward a couple of weeks to when Nebraska City hosted a basketball tournament for the same age group at Northside School. “Where are the bleachers?” I asked when I noticed that there were only a couple rows of chairs set up on the far side of the gym. Turns out there were none. There was not even a scoreboard. Instead, they used a mini scoreboard on a table, similar to one used for wrestling matches that a spectator would have to try desperately to see. The same thing happens when my dad comes home from umpiring out of town. He tells my family how nice other fields are in other towns compared to ours. The same goes for our tennis courts. The demise of our sporting complexes is an important problem in the community, and possible solutions include: Complex usage fee, fundraisers and a hotel tax.
The need for a renewed Steinhart Park is a big problem that receives little attention. The lack of paved parking lots causes erratic parking, so fewer cars can fit. This, on busy nights, can become a very serious situation for drivers and pedestrians. One way to make money during a sporting event is the concession stand. With the exception of one newer stand, the current condition of our concession stands is horrendous. If I came from out of town, I would see the concession stands as too sketchy. I would get food from them only if I absolutely had to. I have noticed that is exactly what is happening. Every time I go to a baseball game, hot dogs and popcorn are given away for next to nothing toward the end of the game. This is because they have too much left over due to the fact that not enough gets sold during the game. There is no concession stand for tennis tournaments and the concession stand at the Softball Complex is a tent with food under it. Where is our pride in that? People from out of town certainly do not walk onto our fields and say “Wow! This field is amazing.” It is virtually impossible to feel proud of the current condition of our fields, courts and pool.
In order to make renovations possible, it will take money, and lots of it. So, we need realistic ways to raise money, such as adding fees. No one wants to pay more hidden fees. However, these fees would not be hidden, but open and very straight forward. We could set up a booth at the entrance to Steinhart and charge a dollar for every car that goes through on game nights. These nights could include swim meets, baseball games and tennis meets. There are not too many people who would be too stingy and unwilling to pay a dollar to see their child participate in their respective sports. Another thing we need is man power. Instead of being a crutch, it could be a good thing. It is a great way for high school students to...

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