I have been going to the Tracy Ballpark in one capacity or another since I was 7 years old. Playing Little League, softball, pick-up games of baseball, football, riding bikes and such when I was a kid.
Now I walk to the park every morning or early afternoon with my dogs — and yes, I pick up my dog’s poop, unlike some people. I still see kids and families, soccer practice and leagues, Pop Warner football practice, softball and baseball teams practicing, among other fun activities that still go on at the Tracy Ballpark.
As far as parking on Bessie Avenue, or the lights, or even a little garbage that people should pick up, I have never heard anyone in the neighborhood complain about any of those so-called problems.
They are just fabricated problems that developers and the powers that be bring up to justify using the land for development. Also, the cars on Bessie Avenue and the lights are all temporary. Only on days or nights when soccer or football practice is taking place do these so-called problems arise. Otherwise, on most days, the Tracy Ballpark is a very nice, quiet, peaceful and safe park to visit. And that, my friends, is worth more than any amount of money that these developers are offering.
I doubt very much if the parents of kids who go play at the Tracy Ballpark want their kids walking or bicycling way out over the overpass out by the Holly Sugar area, the site for the proposed new athletic fields, when they have a nice neighborhood park that they trust.
Does every inch of open space have to be covered with houses or, worse yet, apartments? Isn’t it enough that all these greedy, money-hungry developers have taken a good portion of the farmland in and around Tracy and put housing developments up? Now they want to take the little bit of open space in that area of town and do the same.
Mr. Developer, do you realize that your greed and your tunnel vision for dollar signs and so-called progress is other people’s misery? You are the only one benefitting from developing the Tracy Ballpark.
Believe me when I say that no one in that area of town who uses the Tracy Ballpark wants or deserves housing or apartments on that nice, big area.