Residents list problems stemming from Baldwin Whitehall Soccer Association games
By Stephanie Hacke
Published: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 9:51 a.m.
Overland Trail residents say they've had enough of soccer Saturdays at the neighborhood park and the speeding cars, large crowds and children urinating in their yards.
“It's not a joke. It's getting very irritating to us,” said resident Lori Yeckley, who has lived on the street for eight years. “I would like to somehow get it back to quieter times.”
A handful of residents from the street that sits at the Colewood Park entrance attended Tuesday night's Baldwin Borough Council meeting asking for officials to intervene with a situation that they said arose four years ago and has progressively gotten worse since.
Large attendance at Baldwin Whitehall Soccer Association games on Saturday mornings at Colewood Park has led to a “constant commotion” on their residential street, Dana Dagnal said.
Leaders of the Baldwin Whitehall Soccer Association could not be reached for comment on Wednesday morning.
Cars speed along the street. People struggle to find parking spaces and end up leaving their vehicles blocking driveways. Children have been seen playing on the residents backyard jungle gyms and urinating in their yards, the Overland Trail residents said.
“We're not asking to get rid of them. We're just asking for you to take a step in and control the situation and say, ‘Hey, let's be smart about this,'” said eight-year resident Richard Jenks, who noted that one day he hopes to have his children play with the Baldwin Whitehall Soccer Association.
“We just want you to step in and set a standard for the soccer association. They need to rein in their parents. They need to rein in their children and explain to them that it is not appropriate to urinate in people's yards,” Dagnal said. “It is not appropriate to walk on private property.”
Baldwin Borough officials issue permits for organizations to use Colewood and other municipal fields, borough Manager John Barrett said. Rules are in place for how people should behave in the borough park.
Borough leaders have intervened in the past, adding a speed bump, and plan to do so again, Barrett said. The manager said he plans to write soccer association leaders a letter listing the residents concerns.
Councilman Michael Ducker, who oversees parks and recreation, said he could hold a meeting to further discuss the issue with the residents.
“The short and long is we issue the permits and they're going to have abide by the rules. It's very simple,” Ducker said.
According to the Baldwin Whitehall Soccer Association's web site, there are nine fields where the group could hold games.
The soccer association also requires parents to abide by borough ordinances and obey speed limits, according to its code of conduct.
Residents said they've tried once on their own in the past to work with the association to alleviate problems, to no avail.
“I don't have faith that much will get done,” Jenks said of their current efforts.
Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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