View from QCA: Listen to the ghost of Douglas Park, help R.I. save it


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Posted Online: Jan. 13, 2013, 6:00 am
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By Ald. Terry M.A. Brooks
Allow me to touch upon the subject of the renovation of Douglas Park and the need to take it off life support and put life back into such a vital landmark in the City of Rock Island.

I have spent most of my life at Douglas Park, watching the legends of the game to clap, yell and enjoy their play.

Many have moved on in life and joined the heavens of their God only with only their ghostly presence to remain.

I've been told many ghosts loom over Douglas Park, where the great Jim Thorpe played professional football, where the Chicago Bears planted roots, where softball championships were renowned, where little and pony leagues were formed, where I played my first little league football game and home field to me when I played at Franklin Jr. High School.

The ghosts of Douglas Park speak of the folks who brought their families to the park to enjoy the competition between children, cousins, uncles, daughters, sons, fathers, and mothers.

As a child, I recall my father calling me mannish as I met my first girlfriend here.

Many of us know Douglas Park to be a place of freedom and enjoyment and the ghosts there are wishing, hoping, looking, and expressing the wishes of saving this park.

They yearn for the return of enjoyment to give back to their living legacy. I think ... I know the ghosts think this park has earned the right to be saved for the past and living history and it's for this reason I believe the park deserves to live.

That said, the city has to make the first step in leading the team in this renovation project. Please, hear this call: foundations, private sector, preservation experts, politicians, historians, clergymen and women, and, most important, the community.

We must follow our ghosts and take part in bringing this back to life. Douglas Park must remain and from it, newness must emerge.

So I set forth this challenge in speaking on behalf of the parks past and present.

For more information or to assist by joining a committee in the project to renovate Douglas Park please contact me at 309-230-5338.
Terry M.A. Brooks is 1st Ward Rock Island alderman.














 




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1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
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