Parents concerned about future of Ashford Recreation program

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ASHFORD, Ala.(WDHN) — Ashford parents and their children came together Thursday evening in an effort to save the Ashford Recreation Park and voiced their concern to city council.

One concerned grandparent and leader of the “Stay and Play” movement, Tracy Enfinger, said it has gradually decreased over the past five years with extremely low participation — specifically for baseball.

“I have five grandsons, and sure, they live in Ashford,” Enfinger said. “They all wanna play in Ashford, but when you don’t have enough participation to make a team and people are going to other places, then what are you gonna do?”

She said the lack of initiative isn’t just from city leaders but parents, and a volunteer sheet is the first place to start.

One child, Tucker, who was protesting “stay and play” said being outdoors is important.

“All these kids who wanna play and stay out of the house and not play video games all day they really wanna play out here,” he said.

Other issues included lack of meals at concession stands for the children.

Enfinger’s son Jeremy, who sits on the parent board, shared these same concerns and just wants unity to get the park back on track.

“If we can have good organization for fundraisers and having maybe some events at the park get kids back involved, and that’s our main goal,” Jeremy Enfinger said.

“Bring the park back to what it used to be other parks thrive and are successful and Ashford’s can thrive and be successful again it used to be and it can be, it can be better,” Enfinger said.

While he couldn’t be on camera, rec director Wayne Merritt told WDHN he was happy about the parent turnout and ready to work with them.

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