Child struck by errant ball dies on way to hospital. This headline easily could happen at our Kenosha Sports Complex at 4200 39th Avenue.
The guilt attached to such a tragedy would stretch across our political divide. There is a simple remedy, and it’s called netting. That’s what’s needed at the Little League Park to ward off foul balls that presently fly unimpeded from each diamond to the three adjacent fields.
Signs should be placed at the entrance to the park citing “enter at your own risk.” The city owns the complex. Its responsibility lies with the protection of all spectators standing or sitting. The consistent yells of “heads-up” far outnumber the umpire’s announcement of play ball.
The Parks Department figurehead sends representatives to our meetings who then report back so all can share in singing Buddy Holly’s song, “That’ll Be the Day.” The city engineers have had their own chuckle over the cost outlay for netting. They’re still making amends for their misappropriation of tax dollars in the Lincoln Lagoon fiasco.
An alderman had netting put up at Red Arrow Ball Park and should receive the Golden Fleece award. The Downtown Diamond created by the mayor’s budget left so scraps for our diamonds. Forget safety — spend more on future Chrysler land usage and streetcars.
A new sign adorns Diamond 4’s fence line. It is an advertisement from the Gruber Law Office — One Call, That’s All. He’s also humming Holly’s song along with the foul taste of a lawsuit.
We need community help. We will accept no more broken promises from the city.