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Now that spring has sprung (Easter's snow flurries not withstanding), it won't be long before children are released from school bondage and freed to roam Anderson County in search of fun.
Some, whose parents fork over 50-plus bucks, will wile away their summer hitting and throwing baseballs and softballs in the county park. Others will give soccer moms another season to exist.
Then there are the non-athletic types whose lot in life it is to find their own entertainment, which usually consists of well-calloused thumbs shooting for high score on Guitar Hero or some other 'vidiot' game.
By mid-June, even the athletes will lament how boring it is to live in pool-less, skate park-less Lawrenceburg and be relegated to yet another summer singing the "there's nothing to do around here" summertime blues.
Ignorance, it has been said, is bliss, so we proffer the following idea knowing that someone will immediately pooh-pooh it for some reason or another.
Here goes: Why not use the county park for more than league-dominated sports and create a summer recreation program?
It could operate Monday through Friday during summer vacation - say from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - and offer a variety of inexpensive activities.
First, we could use the Anthony Stratton Community Building as an arts and crafts and whatever location. Kids could paint, draw, weave or whatever they like and the items they need to do so would be relatively cheap. Toss in a ping-pong table or two and it's the perfect place to hang out, even on rainy days.
Second, when the weather allows we could use one or two of the baseball-softball fields and basketball courts to conduct pick-up games. Nothing fancy, just choose up sides and have at it.
Added attractions could be foot races, kite flying or whatever relatively safe events in which the kids would choose to participate.
OK, the pooh-poohers say, how are we supposed to pay for all this?
While not free, we're not talking a major investment - you know, like $4 million for a pool or even a couple hundred grand for a skate park.
Aside from basic athletic equipment (bats, softballs, basketballs, etc.) and arts and crafts supplies, a handful of respectable high schoolers making minimum wage and a like number of volunteers could run the operation. Toss in a few bucks for liability insurance and it's a done deal.
Would such a program suit the needs of every kid in Anderson County? Not at all. But it would give them an option they currently don't have, and at least some incentive to get out and do something.
Trouble is, when an idea like this comes along, too many cooks start stirring the stew and before long it becomes bogged down in who gets credit for getting it started, etc. One needn't be a cynic to know that's a major reason Anderson children still don't have an aquatic center or skate park.
This time, that won't be a problem because we relinquish any and all of the intellectual rights put forward here, and promise to never remind a soul that the idea was ours if it comes to fruition.
Unless, of course, you poo-poohers come up with a valid reason it can't be done, then we'll take all the blame.