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Saturday, October 3

Bleachers' last game?

Last week, I wrote a story about the bleachers at the East Side Rec, on the field formerly used by the Blue Streaks.

The story had a big question mark in it, in the form of a missing comment from schools Superintendent Janice White. Apparently, White was at a conference and not available. Upon her return, we learned that the district will discuss, at the next school board meeting, spending $12,000 to dismantle the old bleachers. Refurbishing them would have cost $60,000 to $70,000.

The plan will hinge on a school board vote. We have not yet been able to confirm the bleacher's history, but most anecdotal evidence we've heard points to origins as "blacks-only" bleachers at the race course or harness track. Although they are historic -- in the sense that they've been around for a while -- it seems that the school board is making an economically responsible decision. Of course, we don't yet know hat plans there might be to replace the bleachers -- or why it took more than a year to make a decision on them, following their condemnation.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: the history - We have heard that it was (or part of) the old betting pavillion.

Does the city history know ?

October 3, 2009 at 7:54 PM 
Blogger Horatio Alger said...

$12,000 to dismantle them?!? What? With a gold-plated bulldozer?

Give me $100, a crowbar and a handle of bourbon. Those bleachers will be rubble before the day is done.

October 4, 2009 at 10:53 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) How much do teams pay the city to rent the fields?
2) How much does it cost to light the fields at night (per hour cost)?

3) Does the rental fee reflect that cost?

4) Don't forget the Phillies. The taxpayers subsidize that team also.

How many of the teams that rent the field are from families that pay taxes in Saratoga Springs?


October 4, 2009 at 7:21 PM 
Blogger Andrew J. Bernstein said...

In regards to the history of the bleachers, it turns out there is a city-authored report out there, I am working on obtaining a copy, and will dully report the findings.

October 5, 2009 at 8:59 AM 
Anonymous Kyle York said...

I side with HO! In these dark days of dire finances, I offer nothing but my skills, my sledgehammer, and my sweat to "dismantle" the bleachers. In fact, I propose we citizens form the "Public United to Bleacher Smashing"...

-Kyle York
Have Hammer, Will Dismantle

October 5, 2009 at 12:27 PM 
Blogger demroc said...

hello andrew. i thought it was funny tonight when ivins announces that he wants a 7.9% tax hike. thats about the same as the tax increase for the rec center.

October 6, 2009 at 8:43 PM 

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