December 9, 2013

Cheers and Jeers: Dec. 9, 2013

CHEERS to the Adirondack Disc Golf Association, led by Mike Delistle, and members of the Church of the Nazarene, anchored by David Perry, for some much needed and much appreciated help in keeping a public asset in top shape. They spent a significant amount of time during the spring, summer and fall cleaning up downed branches and limbs and making the Cadyville Disc Golf Course playable.

Their volunteer labor freed the Town of Plattsburgh Parks and Recreation Department to concentrate on other matters. The department tends to 10 parks, so the work the volunteers did was a godsend to the town and its taxpayers, according to Parks and Recreation Director Melanie Defeyette.

The volunteers piled brush and downed trees, preparing the way for the Parks & Rec staff to come through with a chipper to simply remove the piles. That saved many hours of labor and helped make the fairways and roughs easier to navigate and maintain on the Disc Golf Course.

“The Church of the Nazarene group contacted us and asked if there was something they could do to help make our community better,” Defayette told the Press-Republican. “In September, they spent several hours on a Sunday working on the trails and Disc Golf Course in Cadyville.

“This support from the community enables my staff to get more done in a shorter amount of time. It also builds a sense of ownership and interest in the parks.

“We now have people who care about the upkeep of the park and are willing to help out to keep it in pristine condition. When our staff sees that the community cares, it motivates them to go the extra mile. It truly is a win-win situation for the town.”

We think this is a terrific example of a congregation with its heart in the right place joining forces with a recreational group that appreciates what government provides to relieve a taxpayer-supported department of some of its responsibility. It’s the best of a public-private partnership, so everybody gains.

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