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Letter: Tennis court care

I am the girls tennis coach at Greenfield High School. We play at the Davis Street courts, which have been renovated and are terrific and a great community asset. At first, I thought I’d write a letter asking that dog walkers be especially diligent about picking up after their dogs because parents and players walk and sit on the grass surrounding the court, and I have noticed a few “bombs” that have gone unpicked up. Then I thought I’d suggest that those players who use the courts please use the conveniently located plastic recycling bin to get rid of water bottles and empty ball containers, a number of which I have picked up and recycled so that they don’t blow onto the courts.

But today I was greeted by a new and distressing occurrence: a doggy doo bomb in the middle of the court! It probably was left by a loner, walking him or her self, because I really hate to think that a dog owner would be so rude. In any event, I checked my job description and it did not contain any language pertaining to the removal of plastics or poop from the courts or their environs, so I will go back to my original thesis and ask that players and pooch owners please police themselves and their animal pals. It’s a great place to play and is even better when we all take good care of it.



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