Popular Lower Highlands park to get $150,000 overhaul

There are 20 comments on the Jun 14, 2010, Lowell Sun story titled Popular Lower Highlands park to get $150,000 overhaul. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Roberto Clemente Park, a mecca for Cambodian volleyball players, is slated for about $150,000 in improvements this summer, City Manager Bernie Lynch announced Saturday morning.

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latinlady

United States

#1 Jun 14, 2010
money down the drain this is a hang out for gangs and we are spending money so they can play oh great nice job bernie

“Ask, and I Shall Tell”

Since: Mar 08

Lowell

#2 Jun 14, 2010
Great Job!$150,000 to give them a better place to play volleyball, but my kid can't get a park at his school? Really, and that makes sense how?

“Ask, and I Shall Tell”

Since: Mar 08

Lowell

#3 Jun 14, 2010
Not only can the kids at my school not get a playground, their Social Studies and Computer classes are no longer a part of the curriculum due to lack of funds!!!!!
But the volleyball players are getting funds for a new park!!
How does that work Bernie? School should be number one priority, and because the volleyball players need a park, you're taking away from our kids education? I feel $150,000 could pay for that ONE teacher to stay and teach both computers and social studies!!!
Mimzy

United States

#4 Jun 14, 2010
Good job city of Lowell. Nothing like financing renovations to a park where there's a ton of gambling! It's not like teachers are being let go left and right and nearly all the roads in the city need some sort of contruction.

Wooo! Volleyball!
Roommate Craig

Bedford, MA

#5 Jun 14, 2010
"A garden centerpiece"?????

Are we talking the same park on Middlesex St where cruisers are often there because of trouble? Putting in lights rewards the delinquents to cause trouble later at night.

I agree with Mimzy. I tried to play a pick up game there last summer and they told me it was $100 a game. How can someone afford $100 a game especially if they are playing all day and night? Is the $ coming out of their pocket or the unemployment/welfare/disabilit y checks?
Don Won

Allston, MA

#6 Jun 14, 2010
Waste of money, the parents that allow their kids to play at these parks need a lesson in old school parenting. This kids should be out earning a buck the old fashion way, with blood, sweat, and tears. Kids these days have it way to easy, and they are going to be the future of this country. Nukka Please.
Ace

Waltham, MA

#7 Jun 14, 2010
25 plus years of turning Lowell from a crack ridden city into a viable city and the Asian folks finally get lights for their park. Now all the white folks are complaining because little Jimmy can't a playground at his school.

Not once did these people that play at this park ever complain about the "no lights issue" or anything else. Jeez, if Asian people complain half as much as white folks do we would have streets paved with gold.
Roommate Craig

Bedford, MA

#8 Jun 14, 2010
It just boggles my mind that the city is using our tax dollars to put in lights instead of keeping 3-4 teachers in the classroom.

The only thing the lights are good for is that many 4-10 year olds watching daddy playing volleyball unitl 10 at night might not step on a hypodermic needle.

Who is going to pay for the electricity too? Oh ya, we are.
mario

Chelmsford, MA

#9 Jun 14, 2010
Why is it that someone always has to complain...why can't we see the good instead of always seeing the bad????? We could employ these (gambling,drug dealing, gang ball players to do the work, in the park, parks all over town. That way no one can judge or label, anyone or anything. Let there be peace.
Roommate Craig is a LOSER

Bedford, MA

#10 Jun 14, 2010
Can anyone agree with any of this garbage "Roommate Craig" is posting. It is a GREAT idea to put lights in this park. Yes, there is some trouble in the park, but 99% of the people who spend time here are great people and leaders in our community.

Some people in these forums make me so upset I can not work the rest of the day.

PS. Roommate Craig.....If you do not like the way the city is spending tax dollar money, then you should run for City Council.
beej

Dracut, MA

#11 Jun 14, 2010
I've lived in many parts of Lowell over the past 7 yrs and utilize the public parks quite a bit. I participated in the a clean up in Clemente Park this spring and was surprised at how underserviced this park is compared to Father Maguire Park in Pawtucketville (did anyone mention that that park has the same kind of lights over its basketball courts for community bball leagues? Or the ball fields that are a few blocks away that have the same kind of lighting?) or some of the other parks in the Upper Highlands. No grounds keeping or anything.

What most people don't understand is that city budget is not just a big pool of common money or bank acct that every dept draws from (including schools). Funds are budgeted ahead of time, and many "community development" funds come from grants that applied for from the federal or state government. I'm sorry Niki's son doesn't have a playground to play on, but maybe she should work with the city to apply for grants and/or get budgeting for the next year. Also, there are many parks throughout the city that have recently updated playgrounds.
I go to the gym at lunch

Bedford, MA

#12 Jun 14, 2010
I get my workout in during my lunch break. I don't need no lights.
Don Won

Allston, MA

#13 Jun 14, 2010
Roommate Craig wrote:
It just boggles my mind that the city is using our tax dollars to put in lights instead of keeping 3-4 teachers in the classroom.
The only thing the lights are good for is that many 4-10 year olds watching daddy playing volleyball unitl 10 at night might not step on a hypodermic needle.
Who is going to pay for the electricity too? Oh ya, we are.
Here lies the problem. We open these parks up for the disgruntled youth of Lowell. By the time they are in high school they now realize they can make money working the parks (dealing drugs, running books, betting on volleyball games). They in turn drop out of school, so the need for educated teachers will drop to a record low, putting educated professionals in the unemployment line. Someone has to work so the city can use tax money for the park families on welfare, the electricity used to keep those parks a safe haven for welfare sucking volleyballers, and now laid off teachers collecting from the state. How about a day where the money I make goes to me and not all these vultures .
Don Wonder

Andover, MA

#14 Jun 14, 2010
Don Won wrote:
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Here lies the problem. We open these parks up for the disgruntled youth of Lowell. By the time they are in high school they now realize they can make money working the parks (dealing drugs, running books, betting on volleyball games). They in turn drop out of school, so the need for educated teachers will drop to a record low, putting educated professionals in the unemployment line. Someone has to work so the city can use tax money for the park families on welfare, the electricity used to keep those parks a safe haven for welfare sucking volleyballers, and now laid off teachers collecting from the state. How about a day where the money I make goes to me and not all these vultures .
If you have a problem I suggest you go to one of the town meeting and pled your case!
Roommate Craig

Bedford, MA

#15 Jun 14, 2010
Don Won wrote:
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Here lies the problem. We open these parks up for the disgruntled youth of Lowell. By the time they are in high school they now realize they can make money working the parks (dealing drugs, running books, betting on volleyball games). They in turn drop out of school, so the need for educated teachers will drop to a record low, putting educated professionals in the unemployment line. Someone has to work so the city can use tax money for the park families on welfare, the electricity used to keep those parks a safe haven for welfare sucking volleyballers, and now laid off teachers collecting from the state. How about a day where the money I make goes to me and not all these vultures .
Tu Shae
lhs mom

Framingham, MA

#16 Jun 14, 2010
Believe me, I'm all for more teachers in classrooms...etc. However, this is being funded by a Community Development Block Grant(A Federal Grant Program for parks). We CAN'T use this money for schools. If we don't improve OUR parks with it, then some other community will. The money has already been allocated in the budget. If we don't use it, we'll lose it.
I'd rather we use it to improve our city, than let some other city improve their park.
Roommate Craig

Bedford, MA

#17 Jun 14, 2010
lhs mom wrote:
Believe me, I'm all for more teachers in classrooms...etc. However, this is being funded by a Community Development Block Grant(A Federal Grant Program for parks). We CAN'T use this money for schools. If we don't improve OUR parks with it, then some other community will. The money has already been allocated in the budget. If we don't use it, we'll lose it.
I'd rather we use it to improve our city, than let some other city improve their park.
is this going to improve our city or improve our crime rate?
lhs mom

Framingham, MA

#18 Jun 14, 2010
Roommate Craig wrote:
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is this going to improve our city or improve our crime rate?
The more our parks are kept up, the more likely that more people (of all types) will use them.
Mothers may start taking their children there during the day. Fathers may accompany their sons to the park for a game of basketball in the afternoon. The people in the neighborhood will be more invested in their park and more willing to call the police when they see things happening.
Yes, I suppose the crime rate will go up when more people start calling the police instead of ignoring crime. But in that case, it's a plus.
Amused

Boston, MA

#19 Jun 14, 2010
Don Won wrote:
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Here lies the problem. We open these parks up for the disgruntled youth of Lowell. By the time they are in high school they now realize they can make money working the parks (dealing drugs, running books, betting on volleyball games). They in turn drop out of school, so the need for educated teachers will drop to a record low, putting educated professionals in the unemployment line. Someone has to work so the city can use tax money for the park families on welfare, the electricity used to keep those parks a safe haven for welfare sucking volleyballers, and now laid off teachers collecting from the state. How about a day where the money I make goes to me and not all these vultures .
Rube Goldberg would have been very proud of you. How you get all those crazy assumptions stacked one on top of the other without crashing down is amazing. Dumb, but amazing.
common sense

Boston, MA

#20 Jun 14, 2010
Did anyone actually read the article? The article clearly states the money to pay for this project will be from Community Development Block Grants. Those are federal grants that are given to communities that meet a specific criteria. The grants themselves have very specific rules for application mainly meant to make sure the grant money serves a diverse community in an economically distressed area. The money set aside for this project could be used for other things, but certainly not for teacher's salaries or anything like operating budget issues that are city-wide. This park is one of the most widely-used parks in the city in with one of the more economically disadvataged set if patrons. So if there are things such as illegal gambling taking place there, guess what? investments in lights and upgrades are precisely the things that make illegal activities disappear.
When we can have better parks for people who need them the most we should celebrate that. Instead the uninformed scream that this is wasteful. This project is exactly what the Community Development Block Grant program is for. It is not a waste, it is not irresponsible, and the money used for this could not be used to address some of the other financial issues the city is having.

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