By Chris Ingram
The Tampa Tribune
Published Tuesday, February 27, 2013
Unless you have kids who play league athletics in Hillsborough County, you probably are not aware of the fact that 55 of the county’s 59 athletic parks are managed and maintained by volunteer groups.
Such is the case at Skyway Park.
Skyway is adjacent to the residential neighborhood of Dana Shores and is just west of the airport. It serves the youths of the Town ‘N Country area.
A nonprofit league, managed by a board of directors who are all volunteers, manages everything from field maintenance to cleaning the bathrooms and running the concessions. For its part, the county cuts the grass once a week, pays the water bill to keep the fields moist, and will take care of things such as a major plumbing problem if one arises.
The league uses most of the money it collects from player fees and concessions to pay for field maintenance and supplies, as well as paying for umpires for games. Coaches and parents are regularly asked to clean up the park and perform park maintenance before games. It is not necessarily a bad thing that the users are asked to contribute in this way; it instills a greater sense of pride and ownership — at least among the few who will help.
Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.
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