NORTHERN RECREATION GROUND.
TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —I observe that the project of reserving the Northern Recreation Ground for cricket and football clubs is again before the City Council. I trust that farther reflection will convince councillors Chat to devote the ground to such a purpose is not to make the best use of it. Such a reserve is not, in my opinion, intended to bo a garden or even to be an ornamental ground, save what beauty may be given by the planting of hardy trees. It is intended for common use—for children, big and little, to play in at their own will and pleasure—and to keep them off the streets. How often do we see youngsters for the want of just such grounds playing cricket and football in the open street, to the annoyance of passers-by and their own risk from the chariots of butcher and baker. The applicants indeed say that the children will have free and full use of the ground ; but as they propose to take away ail gates except two—the most out-of-the-way—have full use for ten days in the year (all the whole holidays), and keep a caretaker, it appears to me that the youngsters’ chances of using the ground freely are slim. It seems a little selfish when so much vacant land ia about—and it 5s only a question cf money for cricketers and footballers to have, a ground of their that they should covet this little Naboth’s vineyard.—l am, etc.. No Monopoly. Dunedin, September 24.
TO THE EDITOr, Sir,— “ Northender”. in Saturday’s supplement is, alas ! only one of the many who have all along opposed any improvement of the North Ground. It is really pitiable to hear such people talk. Your correspondent ■declares that by our being allowed to have control of the ground “the children are driven on to the streets,” etc. Allow me to ■correct him on this point. If he will take the trouble to look around he will find that there are plenty vacant pieces of ground which, unsuitable for men to play on, would
amply suffice for the boys. The promoters of ihe movement, however, have no desire to shut out the children altogether. But even if they did (and 1 honestly believe it. would bo :> slop in the right direrlion), what- does it amount to'.' Simply this: that the boy,: are deprived ior, nay, tour or live yoair. of she right to play in this reserve. At the end of that period they will probably be old enough and big enough to join one o! the olubs playing done, an! thus share in their privileges. If ~:e op;-.:, to the movement have their v. ay i: moans' that the senior players are debano.l for ever from pitying upon an improve.' and ihoMt; small boys, now grown elder, will help to swell the i s\nk«. of ! lie (•i.aiiiorer-t a bet or y-iiad. i'loni t.io: wav !-o;;;c write a'ld t.-ik one would imagine t.l:;- 1 there voc. a danger of the reserve falling into the hand;;, o ,t private individual. They stern to beutteily unable to realise that a few energetic players can have anything but an honest motive. Hoping we have heard the last of this opposition, which, to say the least, is simply childish —I am, etc. Al.mox. Dunedin, .September 27.
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NORTHERN RECREATION GROUND., Evening Star, Issue 10430, 27 September 1897