About that new Youth Sports Complex
Not many people were moving around Janesville on Wednesday, when the temperature soared to 104.
I somehow convinced my wife, however, to join me in pedaling our tandem bicycle several miles out to see the new ball diamonds at the Youth Sports Complex off Wuthering Hills Drive.
Besides, I told her, we could enjoy free ice cream because the Janesville Youth Baseball and Softball Association was celebrating the new ball diamonds with an open house and all-star games.
We managed to pedal up the hill to the complex. We ate our ice cream cones quickly, before they melted all over us, and then returned to the concessions stand repeatedly for soda and water. In the sweltering heat, we didn’t stay long, but long enough to be impressed by the 10 baseball and softball diamonds at the complex.
Sure, the city invested $1.5 million in the fields. The association chipped in more than $1.2 million, including in-kind donations, to build them.
Was it money well spent? No, it wasn’t a “need” at a time when the city struggles to pay for basic services such as public safety, trash pickup and road maintenance. But isn’t this the sort of quality-of-life amenity that’s important for any progressive community, and didn’t this public-private partnership serve the city well?
We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Friday.