Two Barnhardt Circle residents file lawsuit over fence around ballfields

Oct 30, 2009 Full story: Catoosa County News 48

There are three ballfields on Barnhardt Circle. The Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe Recreation Association organizes the playing times.

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Keep the fences

United States

#1 Oct 30, 2009
I read this article about the fences at a ball field and it reminds me of the movie Dumb and Dumbier.
lets play ball

United States

#2 Oct 30, 2009
Keep the fences wrote:
I read this article about the fences at a ball field and it reminds me of the movie Dumb and Dumbier.
Two Barnhardt residents are fed up with the fence around the Barnhardt Circle ballfields.
A lawsuit against the city of Fort Oglethorpe, Catoosa County Board of Education, and Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe Recreation Association was filed in the Catoosa County Superior Court on Oct. 15.
The plaintiffs are Ed and Radonna Parrish.
City manager Ron Goulart said Fort Oglethorpe and the Board of Education both own parts of the ballfields, and the recreation association organizes teams and events on the fields.
The plaintiffs have sued the city for “substantially and irreparably” harming the public and themselves for allowing the ballfields fenced in with the gates kept locked.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the Parrishs by Weldon Law Firm in Ringgold, says the fence is a violation of the William and C.W. Stephenson deed from 1950. It says the property was given to Fort Oglethorpe “to be used for the purposes of public schools, and/or parks or playgrounds and other public purposes, and for no other purpose.”
The 14-page lawsuit says locking the fence up keeps the public out and violates the deed.
The fence was put up in May 1974.
“It’s a little late to be raising these issues,” Goulart said.
He said the fences are there to keep out vandals and to protect the people watching the games.
Goulart wondered how players will know they hit a homerun if there’s not a fence.
“We love to let people use the ballfields,” he said.
The plaintiffs are asking for the court to rule that the fence be removed. They also want the defendants to pay their lawyer fees.
Each defendant has 30 days to respond to the lawsuit.
Neither of the plaintiffs nor their lawyer could be reached for comment.
This is absolutely hilarious. What is next, removal of the scoreboard,the bases,bleachers...... and then, the kids?!
My children and grandchildren have all played at those ballfields. My thought is let the fences stay and let's eject Red and Adonna Parrish from the game!
lets play ball

United States

#3 Oct 30, 2009
Keep the fences wrote:
I read this article about the fences at a ball field and it reminds me of the movie Dumb and Dumbier.
This is absolutely hilarious. What is next, removal of the scoreboard,the bases,bleachers...... and then, the kids?!
My children and grandchildren have all played at those ballfields. My thought is let the fences stay and let's eject Red and Adonna Parrish from the game!
Blah Blah Blah

United States

#4 Oct 31, 2009
lets play ball wrote:
<quoted text>
This is absolutely hilarious. What is next, removal of the scoreboard,the bases,bleachers...... and then, the kids?!
My children and grandchildren have all played at those ballfields. My thought is let the fences stay and let's eject Red and Adonna Parrish from the game!
Blah! Blah! Blah! is all you hear over there on Barnhardt Circle. I personally think they need extra fencing to contain all those nuts that live over there in the hysterical district.
Peace

United States

#5 Oct 31, 2009
Blah Blah Blah wrote:
<quoted text>
Blah! Blah! Blah! is all you hear over there on Barnhardt Circle. I personally think they need extra fencing to contain all those nuts that live over there in the hysterical district.
First of all you should listen to all the evidences before you start making judgement. I personally know some of the people that live on Barnhardt Circle and they are good christian people.
you just struck out

Cleveland, TN

#6 Nov 1, 2009
Peace wrote:
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First of all you should listen to all the evidences before you start making judgement. I personally know some of the people that live on Barnhardt Circle and they are good christian people.
Peace first of all you need to learn how to spell it's evidence not evidences. Then you need to learn how to read, I didn't read on here where it said a christian couldn't be crazy.
Someone posted on here that they need extra fences for some of those people that live in that area and I have to agree no fence around a ballfield is crazy.
What would you do if a dog came into the crowd and attacked people or scraped in your snack?
What would you do if a car couldn't stop or the brakes went out while pulling into parking lot?
What would you do if someone was sitting in the car and had a stroke and car just plunged into the crowd?
What would you do if a car drove by and the tire or somthing fail off and rolled in the large crowd and hit and hurt several people.
Shall I go on all day?.........
No I shouldn't! I don't want to waste my valuable time on ignorance!
No fence you say what would happen then? The City would be sued for negligence! DUH
If I was the city administration the only thing I would offer to pay for is Professional Counseling for the Plantiffs it would make the world a better place.
Amen

United States

#7 Nov 5, 2009
you just struck out wrote:
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Peace first of all you need to learn how to spell it's evidence not evidences. Then you need to learn how to read, I didn't read on here where it said a christian couldn't be crazy.
Someone posted on here that they need extra fences for some of those people that live in that area and I have to agree no fence around a ballfield is crazy.
What would you do if a dog came into the crowd and attacked people or scraped in your snack?
What would you do if a car couldn't stop or the brakes went out while pulling into parking lot?
What would you do if someone was sitting in the car and had a stroke and car just plunged into the crowd?
What would you do if a car drove by and the tire or somthing fail off and rolled in the large crowd and hit and hurt several people.
Shall I go on all day?.........
No I shouldn't! I don't want to waste my valuable time on ignorance!
No fence you say what would happen then? The City would be sued for negligence! DUH
If I was the city administration the only thing I would offer to pay for is Professional Counseling for the Plantiffs it would make the world a better place.
Amen!
2 pacifier please

Cleveland, TN

#8 Nov 12, 2009
This is hilarious down in the floor LMAO!
santa come and gone

Rossville, GA

#9 Mar 27, 2010
2 pacifier please wrote:
This is hilarious down in the floor LMAO!
I was at the ball game today over on Burnhardt Circle. If the residents over there are complainning about anything. They need to complain about the Christmas decorations that are still hanging up over there on houses.
you must be a redneck

Rossville, GA

#10 May 29, 2011
santa come and gone wrote:
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I was at the ball game today over on Burnhardt Circle. If the residents over there are complainning about anything. They need to complain about the Christmas decorations that are still hanging up over there on houses.
I was just over there also on the circle this weekend for memorial day and noticed that the Christmas decoration was still up. This brings a whole new meaning to Christmas in July LOL. Just curious are the ones with the Christmas stuff still hanging the one complaining about the ballfields and everything else over there?
fireworks

Rossville, GA

#11 Jul 12, 2011
you must be a redneck wrote:
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I was just over there also on the circle this weekend for memorial day and noticed that the Christmas decoration was still up. This brings a whole new meaning to Christmas in July LOL. Just curious are the ones with the Christmas stuff still hanging the one complaining about the ballfields and everything else over there?
I was there on Barnhardt at the fourth of July festival. I didn't see anything wrong with the ball fields it looks as if the city is doing some work to them. But I didn't understand exactly why we were charged $5:00 to park on city property. Is the fire work show being contracted out now?
Mom of three ball players

Rossville, GA

#12 Aug 19, 2011
fireworks wrote:
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I was there on Barnhardt at the fourth of July festival. I didn't see anything wrong with the ball fields it looks as if the city is doing some work to them. But I didn't understand exactly why we were charged $5:00 to park on city property. Is the fire work show being contracted out now?
Two Barnhardt residents are fed up with the fence around the Barnhardt Circle ballfields.

A lawsuit against the city of Fort Oglethorpe, Catoosa County Board of Education, and Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe Recreation Association was filed in the Catoosa County Superior Court on Oct. 15.

The plaintiffs are Ed and Radonna Parrish.

City manager Ron Goulart said Fort Oglethorpe and the Board of Education both own parts of the ballfields, and the recreation association organizes teams and events on the fields.

The plaintiffs have sued the city for “substantially and irreparably” harming the public and themselves for allowing the ballfields fenced in with the gates kept locked.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the Parrishs by Weldon Law Firm in Ringgold, says the fence is a violation of the William and C.W. Stephenson deed from 1950. It says the property was given to Fort Oglethorpe “to be used for the purposes of public schools, and/or parks or playgrounds and other public purposes, and for no other purpose.”

The 14-page lawsuit says locking the fence up keeps the public out and violates the deed.

The fence was put up in May 1974.

“It’s a little late to be raising these issues,” Goulart said.

He said the fences are there to keep out vandals and to protect the people watching the games.

Goulart wondered how players will know they hit a homerun if there’s not a fence.

“We love to let people use the ballfields,” he said.

The plaintiffs are asking for the court to rule that the fence be removed. They also want the defendants to pay their lawyer fees.

Each defendant has 30 days to respond to the lawsuit.

Neither of the plaintiffs nor their lawyer could be reached for comment.

WHAT A JOKE!!! I was just reading this.
casey shadow

Rossville, GA

#13 Sep 10, 2011
Mom of three ball players wrote:
<quoted text>Two Barnhardt residents are fed up with the fence around the Barnhardt Circle ballfields.
A lawsuit against the city of Fort Oglethorpe, Catoosa County Board of Education, and Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe Recreation Association was filed in the Catoosa County Superior Court on Oct. 15.
The plaintiffs are Ed and Radonna Parrish.
City manager Ron Goulart said Fort Oglethorpe and the Board of Education both own parts of the ballfields, and the recreation association organizes teams and events on the fields.
The plaintiffs have sued the city for “substantially and irreparably” harming the public and themselves for allowing the ballfields fenced in with the gates kept locked.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the Parrishs by Weldon Law Firm in Ringgold, says the fence is a violation of the William and C.W. Stephenson deed from 1950. It says the property was given to Fort Oglethorpe “to be used for the purposes of public schools, and/or parks or playgrounds and other public purposes, and for no other purpose.”
The 14-page lawsuit says locking the fence up keeps the public out and violates the deed.
The fence was put up in May 1974.
“It’s a little late to be raising these issues,” Goulart said.
He said the fences are there to keep out vandals and to protect the people watching the games.
Goulart wondered how players will know they hit a homerun if there’s not a fence.
“We love to let people use the ballfields,” he said.
The plaintiffs are asking for the court to rule that the fence be removed. They also want the defendants to pay their lawyer fees.
Each defendant has 30 days to respond to the lawsuit.
Neither of the plaintiffs nor their lawyer could be reached for comment.
WHAT A JOKE!!! I was just reading this.
Tell-em to move if they don't like it. If I remember the ballfields were there along time before they arrived. I also think the ballfields will be there along time after there gone. These ballfields are thousands of people history right here in our community.
educator

Rossville, GA

#14 Nov 15, 2011
Mom of three ball players wrote:
<quoted text>Two Barnhardt residents are fed up with the fence around the Barnhardt Circle ballfields.
A lawsuit against the city of Fort Oglethorpe, Catoosa County Board of Education, and Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe Recreation Association was filed in the Catoosa County Superior Court on Oct. 15.
The plaintiffs are Ed and Radonna Parrish.
City manager Ron Goulart said Fort Oglethorpe and the Board of Education both own parts of the ballfields, and the recreation association organizes teams and events on the fields.
The plaintiffs have sued the city for “substantially and irreparably” harming the public and themselves for allowing the ballfields fenced in with the gates kept locked.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the Parrishs by Weldon Law Firm in Ringgold, says the fence is a violation of the William and C.W. Stephenson deed from 1950. It says the property was given to Fort Oglethorpe “to be used for the purposes of public schools, and/or parks or playgrounds and other public purposes, and for no other purpose.”
The 14-page lawsuit says locking the fence up keeps the public out and violates the deed.
The fence was put up in May 1974.
“It’s a little late to be raising these issues,” Goulart said.
He said the fences are there to keep out vandals and to protect the people watching the games.
Goulart wondered how players will know they hit a homerun if there’s not a fence.
“We love to let people use the ballfields,” he said.
The plaintiffs are asking for the court to rule that the fence be removed. They also want the defendants to pay their lawyer fees.
Each defendant has 30 days to respond to the lawsuit.
Neither of the plaintiffs nor their lawyer could be reached for comment.
WHAT A JOKE!!! I was just reading this.
Who in the world every heard of such. These plantiffs the Parrishs are they from another country? Every ballfield, I have every seen has a fence around it some kind.
sold

Rossville, GA

#15 Jan 10, 2012
educator wrote:
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Who in the world every heard of such. These plantiffs the Parrishs are they from another country? Every ballfield, I have every seen has a fence around it some kind.
Why in the world would anyone want to get rid of those ballfields on Barnhardt Circle? That's the only recreation this town has to offer right now. I can't believe a property owner of Barnhardt Circle would want the ballfields gone. Recreation and schools are the number one question asked when people are looking at purchasing a new home. These property owners are sitting right around a goal mine right now. If these ballfields were removed the property value over there will be destroyed to nothing. Thats what alot of my clients ask for when showing a home where can my kids play?(Please) I'm glad, I seen this article about Barnhardt Circle. You better thank twice you might destroy yours and others property value with the removal of the ballfields.
Gertiol Please

Rossville, GA

#16 Feb 8, 2012
sold wrote:
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Why in the world would anyone want to get rid of those ballfields on Barnhardt Circle? That's the only recreation this town has to offer right now. I can't believe a property owner of Barnhardt Circle would want the ballfields gone. Recreation and schools are the number one question asked when people are looking at purchasing a new home. These property owners are sitting right around a goal mine right now. If these ballfields were removed the property value over there will be destroyed to nothing. Thats what alot of my clients ask for when showing a home where can my kids play?(Please) I'm glad, I seen this article about Barnhardt Circle. You better thank twice you might destroy yours and others property value with the removal of the ballfields.

No need to worry Sold, those ballfields aren't going any where! They were there when I was a child and they will be there when I'm gone. I feel assure of that!
duck

Trenton, GA

#17 Feb 10, 2012
im 55 yrs old played there when i was a kid. my kids played there, hope my grandkids have a chance to play there.
Health man

Brookville, PA

#18 Feb 11, 2012
You can count on it DUCK. The ballfields are there to stay.
casey shadow

Rossville, GA

#19 Mar 7, 2012
Health man wrote:
You can count on it DUCK. The ballfields are there to stay.
Duck, I certainly have been praying and asking others in my church to pray about this ridiculous lawsuit. I also have played ball on those fields, my children have played ball there and I’m in hopes my grandchildren will play ball on Barnhardt Circle. This lawsuit is nothing more than self greed and control these people should be ashamed of what they’re doing to our little community. We had a young group of players that was the world series champions last season. Those kids were from right here in Fort Oglethorpe Ga who represented us from our home town. Now you have a couple people wanting to destroy the fields and quit playing baseball on Barnhardt Circle where these kids have practiced and spent endless hours with coaches and parents and fans who have supported these kids all the way to the World Series ? Shame on you! I can’t judge you because I’m a Christian but God will call upon you about this someday. Amen.
Pat W

Rossville, GA

#20 Mar 27, 2012
Mom of three ball players wrote:
<quoted text>Two Barnhardt residents are fed up with the fence around the Barnhardt Circle ballfields.
A lawsuit against the city of Fort Oglethorpe, Catoosa County Board of Education, and Lakeview Fort Oglethorpe Recreation Association was filed in the Catoosa County Superior Court on Oct. 15.
The plaintiffs are Ed and Radonna Parrish.
City manager Ron Goulart said Fort Oglethorpe and the Board of Education both own parts of the ballfields, and the recreation association organizes teams and events on the fields.
The plaintiffs have sued the city for “substantially and irreparably” harming the public and themselves for allowing the ballfields fenced in with the gates kept locked.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the Parrishs by Weldon Law Firm in Ringgold, says the fence is a violation of the William and C.W. Stephenson deed from 1950. It says the property was given to Fort Oglethorpe “to be used for the purposes of public schools, and/or parks or playgrounds and other public purposes, and for no other purpose.”
The 14-page lawsuit says locking the fence up keeps the public out and violates the deed.
The fence was put up in May 1974.
“It’s a little late to be raising these issues,” Goulart said.
He said the fences are there to keep out vandals and to protect the people watching the games.
Goulart wondered how players will know they hit a homerun if there’s not a fence.
“We love to let people use the ballfields,” he said.
The plaintiffs are asking for the court to rule that the fence be removed. They also want the defendants to pay their lawyer fees.
Each defendant has 30 days to respond to the lawsuit.
Neither of the plaintiffs nor their lawyer could be reached for comment.
WHAT A JOKE!!! I was just reading this.
These Parrish people must be nuts! I have two grandchildren age 4 and 7 that play there for the Warriors. What kind of people would want to do this to a little kid?

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