Pleasing parks

Thursday, April 29, 2010

With the arrival of sunshine and warmer temperatures (this past week excluded), the recreational resources in Cassville are more prominently on display. More and more people are getting out and exercising on the city's Greenway Trail, and the city ballfields are full almost every night as youngsters practice for the start of baseball and softball seasons, which is just around the corner.

Part of my regular exercise routine includes runs on the Greenway Trail, which connects Cassville's three parks. It's not uncommon for me to see a dozen or so people during my trips down the Greenway. These individuals include the hard core runner, families out for an evening stroll and kids riding their bikes up and down the path that winds along the always beautiful Flat Creek.

In about four weeks, the Cassville Family Aquatic Center will be open, offering a delightful way to spend a hot, summer afternoon. The facility, which is always staffed by professional and friendly lifeguards, is a wonderful place for area youth to gather and soak up the sun on a lazy summer afternoon.

If you want a great vantage point for witnessing the city's busy parks, climb to the top of the hill at Oak Hill Cemetery and gaze at the town below. You will be treated to a very active scene with kids playing baseball, shooting hoops or enjoying the newly refurbished playground equipment.

We appreciate city leaders, past and present, who played a role in making sure Cassville has a first-rate parks system. Cassville's investment in a Greenway Trail, an aquatic facility and a new park with additional baseball and soccer fields is actually an investment in children and families.

We also appreciate the partnership formed between the city and the Cassville YMCA, which now oversees the city's active parks and recreation program. These activities combined with great facilities provide citizens of all ages with a wide range of activities that keep them healthy and active. It's no secret that recreational offerings are a big draw to individuals seeking to relocate to a new town, and the city's parks system and the YMCA programming offered locally provide more reasons for people to make Cassville home.